Raj Thackeray warns shopowners
Stepping up his campaign for Marathi signboards, MNS chief Raj Thackeray warned shopowners, not putting up the boards by tomorrow to face the wrath of his men.india Updated: Aug 27, 2008 17:00 IST
Stepping up his campaign for Marathi signboards, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday warned shopowners, not putting up the boards on Thursday to face the wrath of his men and asked Marathi policemen to think before using lathi-charge against his party workers.
Raj said he had written a letter to policemen, asking them to "think twice" and ask their conscience before using lathi-charge against MNS activists involved in the agitation to enforce the Mumbai civic body's deadline stipulating Marathi signboards on city shops by August 28.
Addressing MNS workers at Ravindra Natya Mandir in central Mumbai, Raj, whose two-year old party has been having regular confrontation with law-enforcement agencies over the outfit's strident anti-north India stance, said, "most of the shopowners have complied with the signboards deadline."
"However, there are some shopowners who are deliberately raising the bogey of oppression and coercion by MNS activists," Raj said, naming Viren Shah, ownner of a leading garment store in Mumbai.
"Maharashtra's police force, barring a few 'bhaiyya' (north India) IPS officers, is Marathi and is aware of the attempts to destroy Marathi," Raj said.
Despite BMC's directive to put up Marathi signboards on shops, these people defy the directive, don't let out houses to Marathi people, insult Maharashtra and treat Marathi as the language of their servants, the MNS chief said.