After the Shiv Sena, it is now the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) turn to attack Congress Member of Parliament Sanjay Nirupam. MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday warned the state government to rein in Congress leaders from making irresponsible statements or else “face a backlash from Maharashtrians”.
He was referring to a statement made by Nirupam about north Indians bringing the city to a halt if they wanted to, which was backed by city Congress president Kripashankar Singh. In a press conference, Thackeray said if leaders such as Nirupam and Singh continue to boast about their strength, there would be a strong response from the locals. “If these statements continue, the Marathi manoos will get angry and there could be riots as well.
Forget coming out of the homes, these leaders will fear coming out of their bedrooms,” he said. Thackeray’s outburst comes at a time when political parties are preparing for the civic elections. Raj held Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray responsible for encouraging the north Indian leaders. “Nirupam was Uddhav’s blue-eyed boy. It was the latter who encouraged Nirupam to organise Chhath Puja and also made it point to visit Singh’s house during the Ganesh festival,” said Raj. Nirupam declined to comment on the issue. “I have been instructed by the party leadership not to talk on the issue,” he said. Thackeray also threatened Hindi news channels. “I am recording all the contents and if I find any distortion of facts, I will not allow you (the channels) to function,” he said.