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Raj asks Marathis to check infiltration of outsiders

MNS chief Raj Thackeray asks Marathi people to be ready to check the "infiltration" of outsiders, endorsed the idea of not giving "outsiders" the right to vote.

india Updated: May 10, 2008 22:54 IST

Two days after Mumbai police asked him to desist from making speeches, which can create law and order problem, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday asked Marathi people to be ready to check the "infiltration" of outsiders, especially north Indians, into Maharashtra and endorsed the idea of not giving "outsiders" the right to vote.

Addressing a rally of MNS activists here, he said one should talk in Marathi only with each other and cited the example of south Indians who speak in their mother tongue.

Language itself is the proof of existence and one should be proud of Marathi and protect it from others, he said and added one should not be ashamed of protecting it.

Raj said many gave provocative speeches and action is not taken against them "but action is being taken against me.

"However, I will not be cowed down by these actions and will keep on talking about the mother tongue and its protection and preservation," he declared amidst cheers from the crowd.

Thackeray welcomed the demand made by actor Nana Patekar that outsiders should not be given a right to vote.