The Shiv Sena,supporting the contention of rival Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that there was presence of Bangladeshis in Mumbai has targeted Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi describing as a drama his offer to give Rs 2 crore to anyone who proves presence of any Bangladeshi in his constituency.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray had raised the issue of Bangladeshi migrants in Mumbai in his Tuesday rally.
An editorial in Saamna,the Shiv Sena organ,while reiterating Thackerays stand that there are Bangladeshi migrants in the city,questioned the source of Azams money and why he was flaunting it.During his rally,Thackeray had alleged that a Bangladeshi passport was found at the Azad Maidan,where violence had broke out on August 11.
The editorial that comes days after the widely read Marathi newspaper gave significant coverage to the MNS rally,compliments Thackerays stand on the issue. Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray,too,appreciated the efforts of the MNS and said everyone should come together against the government.
The editorial went to the extent of referring Azmi as Satan. Satan has revealed the true nature of role of the agitators in the Azad maidan rally, states the editorial,adding that Azmi seems to have made allegations of involvement of the drug mafia to divert the attention from groups actually involved.
The editorial further states that the Azad Maidan rally had Bangladeshi migrants-whether they live on Mumbra,Bhiwandi or Mankhurd-and supporters of such migrants. It claims that there are crores of Bangladeshi migrants in the country,and in the city.