Say it with flowers was the message of Manoj Tiwari, the melody king of Bhojpuri Cinema, who presented bouquets to Maharashtrians in a Mumbai-bound train to convey the goodwill of Biharis, target on violent attacks in several part of Maharashtra over the last couple of months.
Tiwari, in the line of fire from Biharis over his reported support to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray today took to 'Gandhigiri' and reached the railway station here (in patna) with scores of supporters in tow and offered flowers and bouquets to the Maharashtrian passengers on Patna-Kurla Express.
"These flowers are for you to be presented to the people in Maharashtra as the symbol of love, brotherhood and goodwill from the people of Bihar," he said handing over a bouquet to a passenger.
"The Biharis are committed to respecting and protecting the unity and integrity of India and they have equal respect and love for people from all states including Maharashtra," he said.
Tiwari was the butt of criticism in Bihar for his alleged remarks published in newspapers recently supporting Thackeray in the wake of assault on Hindi-speaking people including Biharis in Maharashtra, though the actor-singer had denied the charge.
Addressing the media earlier in the day, Tiwari said "I'll prefer to sacrifice my life for the people of Bihar and other north Indians living in Mumbai," and denied reports that he had supported the anti-north indian tirade of Thackeray.