Malaria comments: Nitish, Kamat flay Raj Thackeray
MNS chief Raj Thackeray today faced more flak across the political spectrum for blaming `migrants` for malaria outbreak in Mumbai with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying the remarks were uncalled for and deplorable.
Patna/Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray today
faced more flak across the political spectrum for blaming
`migrants` for malaria outbreak in Mumbai with Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar saying the remarks were uncalled for and
Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of State for
Communications and IT Gurudas Kamat condemned as unfortunate
the remarks by the president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
(MNS) and said his attempts to malign a particular section of
people and create tensions should be nipped in the bud.
Malaria has reportedly claimed 40 lives in Mumbai since
January including 19 in the month of July triggering a war of
words in the western metropolis as to who was responsible for
the spurt in malaria cases in the country`s financial capital.
"Thackeray(Raj) has no control over his language and
statement...Thackeray has made such uncalled for and
deplorable utterances at the behest of Congress," Kumar told
reporters in Patna.
Stating that Mumbai was "not private property of
Thackeray", Kumar said Mumbai had been built by contributions
from people across the country.
"Mumbai Pure desh Ka hai (Mumbai is of the entire
country) and not somebody`s fiefdom," he said.
In a statement, Kamat, who represents Mumbai North West
in Lok Sabha, said Raj Thackeray had no constructive
suggestion to solve such problems but create tensions amongst
the city`s population representing all regions and speaking
different languages staying peacefully in Mumbai.
"The repeated attempts at maligning Muslims or migrants
has become a nuisance and needs to be nipped in the bud," he
Kamat said the MNS chief`s family is a migrant family
from Indore who came to settle in Mumbai. "He had no moral
right to point a finger at other migrants staying peacefully
and legally in the city with all the right given to them by
the Constitution of India," he added.
Veteran playback singer Asha Bhosale, who posts
interesting music and film trivia, meanwhile struck a
different note on Twitter, commenting on the Malaria
"Mumbai: Machhar war is in full swing", Asha said on the
This was followed by another tweet "Machhar" Raj, which
elicited some queries by her followers to which she was quick
to clarify that she was not referring to Raj Thackeray.
"I meant too many buzzing around & flying around...I
was only talking about the machhar (mosquito) problem all over
the country. You are seeing some hidden meaning in my words,"
The noted singer asked her fans not to create
unnecessary controversies, or else she would have to stick to
"namaste, dhanyavaad & thank you."
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has already flayed Raj for
being obsessed with north indian migrants while Deputy Chief
Minister Chhagan Bhujbal dismissed as nonsense the MNS chief`s
take on the malaria situation.
Congress MP Priya Dutt also took on Raj and challenged
him to scientifically prove his statement that migrants had
caused an outbreak of malaria. She described his comments as
an attempt to make mockery of the whole issue.
Referring to the outbreak of Malaria, Raj said at a
function on Sunday that the slums in Mumbai are filled with
labourers from outside, who keep coming in without any rest
and they are mainly responsible for the whole situation.