Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday said he saw nothing wrong with Raj Thackeray’s pro-Marathi stand, but maintained that it should not be at the cost of other regional languages such as Hindi and Bhojpuri.
“Maharashtra is a great state. There is nothing wrong with promoting Marathi. But at the same time do not kill Hindi and Bhojpuri,” Singh told journalists during his visit to Virar in Thane district.
The comments came against the backdrop of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief taking up the issue of treatment meted to Marathi films. Actor Rajkumar also worked to promote and encourage Kannada movies in Karnataka, Singh said.
Thackeray recently warned multiplex owners to screen Marathi movies at prime time hours.
Last week, Singh sprang a surprise by going soft on Raj saying the MNS chief’s statement regarding migrants spreading malaria had not come from his heart. “Although alleging that migrants are spreading malaria is not good, what he [Raj] said was not from his heart,” Singh had said at a Lokmanch Party function in the city.
“I have met Raj several times along with a common friend Lalit Soni and I found him to be a very soft person with immense self-esteem,” Singh added.
The MNS chief had blamed the migrants for the spread of malaria in Mumbai and said they had flooded the hospitals, leaving no space for local patients.