MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Monday came under all round fire for threatening to throw out Biharis from Maharashtra even as a case was filed against him in Nalanda for his hate speech.
A complaint was registered against the MNS chief in Nalanda district court by a social activist under several sections of the IPC.
Raj Thackeray had on Sunday threatened to brand Biharis as "infiltrators" and force them out of Maharashtra if authorities in Bihar take legal action against Mumbai policemen who picked up Abdul Qadir from Sitamarhi district without informing their counterparts in that state, evoking a sharp rebuff from Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
In Delhi, the home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "Everybody has a right to go anywhere and seek employment."
On Raj Thackeray targeting certain news channels, he said, "It is not fair to target media. At times media criticises people and it should be accepted."
Speaking on a similar vein as his estranged nehphew Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray backed the Mumbai Police and deprecated Kumar for questioning the arrest of a "traitor" from his state.
"The Bihar CM should have congratulated Mumbai police as their action prevented Abdul Qadir from fomenting more trouble in that state," Thackeray said, in an editorial on Monday in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
Seeking strong action against the MNS chief for his comments against people of Bihar, Bahujan Samaj Party today accused the Maharashtra government of taking a "lenient view" of such incidents.
"The situation in Maharashtra is so because the state government is not been able to take strict action against such acts (of Raj Thackeray). The day strong action will be taken, on that day itself his irresponsible statements against UP or Bihar people will stop," BSP chief Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament.
Lashing out at the MNS chief, RJD leader Ram Kirpal Yadav said, "There is no difference between terrorists and these people. Their language is same like terrorists. So the law applicable against terrorists should be used against them also."
He said, "There is no difference between Raj Thackeray and Bal Thackeray. Government should take action against these people who are spreading hatred in society."
Naresh Aggarwal of SP also condemned the statement of Thackeray.
"We had given a notice in the Lok Sabha today for suspension of question hour for taking the issue of Raj Thackeray. Just for his own little ambition he wants to divide the society in the name of region and SP strongly condemns it," he said.
Congress leader Jagadambika Pal flayed Thackeray for his "attempt to create divide in the society".
The Shiv Sena chief came out in support of the Mumbai Police for arresting Qadir for allegedly vandalising the martyr's memorial during Azad Maidan protest on August 11 called to protest alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.
MNS chief, Raj Thackeray gestures addresses party memebers in Mumbai. HT/Kalpak Pathak
"Even god cannot save this country if political boundaries are going to come in way of nabbing a terrorist from Bihar," Bal Thackeray said.
Calling Qadir a "traitor", the Sena patriarch said, "There was no need for the Bihar chief secretary to meddle with the business (of Mumbai cops arresting Qadir)".
Kumar had defended Bihar DGP's letter to Mumbai police commissioner protesting the manner of arrest of Qadir from Bihar Sitamarhi district.
Bihar police chief and chief secretary of the state had reportedly sent letters to their Maharashtra counterparts voicing displeasure over the incident.
While condemning Raj Thackeray's remarks, Kumar had said that as per a circular of the Union Home Ministry the police or investigating agency of any state was duty-bound to inform the local police and seek its cooperation in the arrest of an
accused person in a case.
It was not done by Mumbai Police in the arrest of Qadir and several other accused persons from Bihar by police of other states, he said, adding Bihar government and its police were within their rights to protest the manner of such arrest.