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Actors from the north endorse Sena stand

North Indian actors say politicians should improve conditions in northern states to prevent an influx of north Indians to Mumbai, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2008 20:21 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

North Indian actors, including Manoj Bajpai, have endorsed the Shiv Sena saying politicians should improve conditions in northern states to prevent an influx of north Indians to Mumbai.



Sena mouthpiece

Saamna

ran an editorial on Wednesday stating that Biharis were an "unwanted lot" in all parts of the country.



On Friday, Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil said the state would seek the law and judiciary department's opinion before acting against

Saamna

and its editor, Sena Chief Bal Thackeray in connection with the provocative editorial.



The editorial came after an uproar from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh parliamentarians raising the issue of anti-north Indian stance of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.



"There is no need to create a controversy on what Sena chief Bal Thackeray has said in the

Saamna

editorial as everyone has freedom of speech and expression," actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha was quoted as saying in Friday's

Saamna

. "If of the total 300 jobs, 275 of them go to people from other states, it is indeed an infringement on sons-of-soils," he added.



Manoj Bajpai, who has mostly Maharashtrian friends, told the paper: "Every state should develop smaller cities and make jobs available."