Let Thackerays move around sans security: Nirupam



Mumbai: Irked over Shiv Sena's tirade against him over his remarks on north Indians in Mumbai, Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday dared the Thackerays to move around without any security cover.

"I challenge those who say things against me. Let the three Thackerays move about without security," Nirupam said, without naming Sena leaders Uddhav, his son Aditya and MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

However, Nirupam 'excluded' Sena chief Bal Thackeray, saying, "I have respect for Balasahab...there is a different place for him in my mind."

"A disinformation campaign is on against me for political benefits," he said, after the Sena, following his recent statement on north Indian migrants, threatened the "north Indian leader" that he might find it difficult to continue living in Mumbai.

"I have never sought any security cover. Today, I called the police commissioner and asked him to withdraw my security," Nirupam said.

On his controversial remarks, Nirupam said, "I merely stated that the lifeline of Mumbai is in the hands of north Indians, be it vegetable vendors, auto and taxi drivers or panwallahs. I said that if these people decide to take a day off, Mumbai will come to a standstill. I never gave a call for Mumbai bandh."

Nirupam reminded that Chhatrapati Shivaji was coronated at the hands of north Indian brahmins.

Earlier, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray had said, "I dare Nirupam to shut down Mumbai and the Marathi people here... We will smash his teeth."

Sena had taken the war of words on to the streets, blackening posters of Nirupam. Congress workers also retaliated, damaging Uddhav's posters.

PTI