Raj Thackeray is angry and this time it is not the north Indians who are at the receiving end of his ire but his own party workers.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief was unhappy with members of the MNS’s transport wing who distributed Marathi textbooks to north Indian taxi drivers last week and issued them an ultimatum to learn the language within 40 days.
“Just think of the type of protest you are undertaking. Who told you to teach them Marathi in the first place?” Raj asked his party workers at a meet on Monday. “They may read, write and even learn to speak Marathi. They may even open Marathi schools in their states but that does not qualify them for jobs in Maharashtra.”
Raj said only those who are ‘Marathi by birth’ should get jobs in the state.
He also attacked local leaders for spearheading agitations without getting a green signal from party office bearers. “Some partymen go to the extent of announcing themselves as party candidates for various elections. I will not tolerate such indiscretion,” Raj said.
He asked his cadres to deliver his personalised letter-- in which he has clarified his stance on the language and advocated its usage in daily interaction--to all Maharashtrian households in the state.
The MNS will also hold grand celebrations on Marathi Bhaasha Diwas (Marathi language day) on February 27. The day is observed every year to celebrate the birthday of well-known Marathi poet V.V. Shirwadkar popularly known as Kusumgraj.