Raj Thackeray dares Bihar CM to attend event in Mumbai

Speaking at a rally,Thackeray challenged Nitish to attend the event being organised by a former minister.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 13, 2012 12:44:42 am

Reviving his attack on migrants from north India,MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to attend a Bihar Day celebration in Mumbai on Sunday,saying he was ready to face arrest if it came to that.

Speaking at a rally in Malegaon,Thackeray challenged Nitish to attend the event being organised by a former Bihar minister who lives in Mumbai.

The row was sparked after Nitish,responding to media reports earlier this week that the MNS could have a problem with his participation in the event in Mumbai,said that nobody could stop him from visiting Mumbai and taking part in the event.

Thackeray said he had thought highly of Nitish due to his governance and the reduction in crime in Bihar and had not expected such “low level” politics from him.

“Everything was passing peacefully,what was the need to create this now? It will lead to other states doing the same,which won’t be tolerated. We never go anywhere in the country to celebrate our 50th year,why do they need to come here?” said Thackeray. “What is this nautanki? Why do you want to celebrate Bihar din in Mumbai?”

Such events were an attempt by some to make political gains and the MNS would not allow such an event unless Maharashtra grants a visa for “outsiders” to do so,he said.

Thackeray said his party would not allow the function to take place and he was ready to face arrest if the government so intends. Instead,the Maharashtra chief minister,deputy chief minister and Home Minister should talk to Nitish and dissuade him from coming here,he added.

Noting that Bihar Din had already been celebrated on March 22,Thackeray questioned the need to celebrate it on April 15 in Mumbai.

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