Migrants to blame for rise in malaria cases: Raj

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray Sunday blamed `migrants` for malaria outbreak in the city, which has witnessed over 40 deaths due to the disease so far.

Updated: Aug 01, 2010, 21:32 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj
Thackeray Sunday blamed `migrants` for malaria outbreak in the
city, which has witnessed over 40 deaths due to the disease so
far.

"Dengue and malaria are spreading fast in the city due to
dirty illegal slums which are occupied by migrants only," Raj
said during a programme held to mark fourth anniversary of
the MNS students` wing.

The city had the diseases earlier also, but now the
situation is different and migrants are `attacking` Mumbai and
ruining it, he said, adding all public hospitals are occupied
by outsiders while Marathi people have no place to go.

The outsiders are coming in huge number to Mumbai and
staying in slums. And the Municipal Corporation and
Maharashtra government are busy shifting the responsibility on
each other, he said.

Raj criticised `crowd of outsiders` for dominating
education field also. The migrant students are rushing here
for admissions and the government is also allowing minority
institutes to open colleges, he said.

"Marathi students are refused admissions in these
minority institutes and asked to pay money," Raj said.

Hailing the decision of Tamil Nadu government to provide
even engineering studies in Tamil medium, Raj said here one
has to fight for teaching Marathi upto 10th standard.

PTI