The jibes of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray's against North Indians and violence against them in Mumbai, on Monday invited the wrath of political and social organisations in the capital.
Protestors took to the streets and burnt his effigy, condemning Sunday's violence and demanding his arrest.
Members of BJP's Poorvanchal cell, who held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here, demanded the Maharashtra government be dismissed for failure to provide security.
"Congress governments at the Centre, Delhi and Maharashtra seem to be against North Indians. Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit termed people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar a burden on Delhi, now Raj Thackeray has shown his perverted mentality by his virulent utterances against these people," city BJP chief Harsh Vardhan said.
He termed it an attempt to divide the country on language basis and said the state government should be dismissed for its "failure" to maintain security.
Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav also condemned the attack and demanded adequate security be provided to North Indians.
"Mere statement by the chief minister will not do, the administration should act and prevent future violence," he said in a statement.
The destructive designs of people like Raj Thackeray who want to become the leader of sectarian violence should be defeated, he added.
Meanwhile, a social organisation of North Indians here, Poorvanchal Nav Nirman Morcha has demanded the arrest of Thackeray for making provocative statements.