Arch rivals Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena were locked in yet another battle of one-upmanship on Friday, this time to protest against Pakistani artists being featured in Indian television shows. While MNS chief Raj Thackeray kept up his attack on singer Asha Bhosale for participating in a TV show that features artistes from Pakistan, Sena executive president took on Colors channel over its decision to air it.
The MNS had appealed Bhosale on Thursday to pull out of a reality show that has Pakistani artists, to which she had cited the aphorism ‘atithi devo bhava’ (a guest is like god).
Raj criticised her comment on Friday and accused her of being influenced by monetary considerations. “Why did she [Bhosale] not say that when Kasab was caught? While Pakistan and Bangladesh are hell-bent on destroying India, she is busy helping their artistes. You should disclose the real reason: whether it is ‘atithi devo bhava’ or ‘paisa devo bhava (money is god),” he said.
While Uddhav did not comment on Bhosale, he criticised Colors. “Whether it is Pakistan’s artists, singers or cricketers, no channel should be involved in entertaining them. We should not get into any association with Pakistanis until the relations between the two countries become cordial,” he said.
A group of Sainiks also protested outside the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, where the 'Made in Pakistan Expo 2012' was inaugurated on Friday.
We will force Biharis out: Raj
Mumbai: Reacting to reports of a letter written by Bihar chief secretary Naveen Kumar warning Mumbai police against picking up suspects without prior intimation to Bihar police, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Friday threatened to force Biharis out of the state if it is implemented.
The city police recently picked up Abdul Ansari from Sitamhari in Bihar for desecrating the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at Azad Maidan on August 11.
“Migrants are the biggest threat [here]. I warn Bihar government that if they obstruct our policemen, we will brand Biharis here as infiltrators and send them out of the state,” Thackeray said.