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‘Just beat them up, don’t waste your time’

Even a warning from the Supreme Court has not detered Raj Thackeray from continuing his anti-north Indian tirade. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief on Tuesday blamed migrants for the water shortage in the city.

mumbai Updated: Mar 10, 2010 00:49 IST

Even a warning from the Supreme Court has not detered Raj Thackeray from continuing his anti-north Indian tirade. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief on Tuesday blamed migrants for the water shortage in the city.

He exhorted his party workers to beat migrant slum dwellers who divert water supply by taking connections from the mains. “Just beat them up, don’t waste your time. The water problem is going to get worse in the coming days,” said Thackeray. “And this is because of these migrants.”

Thackeray was addressing party workers at the fourth anniversary of the party’s foundation day. The MNS was formed in 2006 a few months after Thackeray left the Sena.

The Mumbai Congress has denounced Thackeray’s move. “Let the party complain to the municipal staff and they will take corrective action,” said city Congress President, Kripashankar Singh. “It is wrong to take the law in one’s hands.”

Thackeray also used the platform to further his campaign for the Marathi language. He told his cadres to adopt the Marathi language in their daily activities. “The railways have started announcements in Marathi and now we will enforce this at all the airports across Maharashtra,” Thackeray said. He, however, stressed, that he was not against Hindi. “I am not being boastful but would like to stress that among the state politicians, I would rank among the top five in the matter of conversing in impeccable Hindi,” he said.

Another attack

Five suspected members of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Tuesday smashed the entrance glass of an Airtel outlet here to protest the private telecom major not using Marathi language prominently in a customer interactive system, police said. The system, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), is a recording mechanism used by the customers.