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Don't insult our accommodative culture: NCP

Sharad Pawar-led NCP today attacked those seeking to make a political capital out of the "stray" attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra, asking them not to "unnecessarily humiliate the accommodative culture" of the state.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2008 19:26 IST

Sharad Pawar-led NCP on Thursday attacked those seeking to make a political capital out of the "stray" attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra, asking them not to "unnecessarily humiliate the accommodative culture" of the state.

Asked to comment on the plans of JD(U) MPs to resign from Lok Sabha tomorrow, NCP General Secretary D P Tripathi said, "there is no need to resign. Provocative action should not be taken. The Maharashtra government has brought the situation under control."

Tripathi, who is also the chief spokesman of the party, said such moves are "unnecessarily humiliating the accommodative culture of Maharashtra."

Besides, he said MNS chief Raj Thackeray, "fortunately for Maharashtra, is political nobody".

"Maharashtra's Director General of Police Anami Roy is from Uttar Pradesh and senior police officer in charge is also from the same state," Tripathi said.

The Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor is from Andhra Pradesh and the Chief Secretary Johny Joseph is from Kerala. There are corporators from different parts of UP and Bihar representing several areas in Mumbai, the NCP leader said.

"We should keep quiet and let the Maharashtra government do its work," the NCP leader said, adding "there should be no resignations, no provocative statements and matters should be sorted out amicably."

Tripathi, who is himself from Uttar Pradesh, said Maharashtra and West Bengal are the only states where MLAs and ministers are from other states. "It shows their accommodative culture," he said.

"Whatever one or two killings happened have been condemned by everyone. Give the state government time. It has arrested several persons what more do you want. Why this provocative action. What is the need for it," Tripathi asked.

Nitish Kumar-led Janta Dal (United) today announced that its five Lok Sabha MPs from Bihar will resign tomorrow to protest the attacks on North Indians in Maharashtra.