Continuing its tirade against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the Shiv Sena has launched a signature campaign in suburban Dombivli to condemn his alleged "anti-Marathi" comments.
Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, who was in Dombivli on Saturday ahead of the Kalyan-Dombivli elections, initiated the campaign with ally BJP appealing people to participate.
"Who contributed to Maharashtra? Tilak and Agarkar or the Biharis. Condemn Rahul Gandhi for being anti-Marathi," was the message written on a huge 20-feet board, which was signed by Uddhav.
Following the Sena leader, hundreds of people signed the board and shouted anti-Rahul slogans.
Uddhav had on Friday targeted Rahul for his reported remarks, during an election rally, on Biharis contributing to Maharashtra's economy.
Asserting that this was an insult to Marathi people, Uddhav said people like Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mahatma Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar built Maharashtra.
“I have no problems with Biharis, but when Rahul Gandhi goes to Bihar why does he drag in Maharashtra?” he asked.
Rahul had reportedly said that the people of Bihar were being thrown out of Maharashtra and Mumbai even though they had made a major contribution to the development of the state.
Thackeray said the party will not tolerate such comments and will launch protests all over the state.