Terming Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray as "just a child in politics", Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Sunday made light of the former's advice to non-Maharashtrians saying it is better if people say "Jai Bharat".
Talking to reporters after a function in Mumbai, Lalu said Raj, whose party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has been targeting migrants from north India living in this metropolis, is a political novice.
Staging protests is not going to solve any problem in these days of globalisation, Yadav said, adding issues like unemployment and development should get priority.
Taking exception to Raj's advice that non-Maharashtrians should shout the slogan "Jai Maharashtra", the minister said people should instead say "Jai Bharat".
Two days ago, Lalu had criticised Raj for objecting to celebration of Chhath Puja, a popular north India festival, and Uttar Bhartiya Diwas in the city.
Earlier in the day, the Railway Police arrested over 25 MNS activists who were demonstrating against Yadav at Dombivili railway station by showing black flags.