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MNS workers force shopowners to remove Gujarati signboards in Mumbai, tweet about it

MNS leader Santosh Dhuri said it was a protest against the new trend to belittle Marathi.

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 17:10 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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In 2008, MNS started a campaign for enforcing Marathi signboards across Mumbai. The campaign was halted after the intervention of Bombay High Court. (File)

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is back with its campaign against shops displaying Gujarati signboards.

On Friday, MNS workers protested against two shops in Prabhadevi that had Gujarati signboards.

While one of the owners removed the board, in the other case, it was removed forcibly by MNS workers.

MNS leader Santosh Dhuri said it was a protest against the new trend to belittle Marathi.

“We will not allow anyone to sideline Marathi language. This Gujarati signboards is a new trend and we will not allow it,” said Dhuri.

The shopkeepers tried to defend themselves saying they were catering to their Gujarati clients.

MNS workers however shouted them down. “They have clients even from South India, so will they install signboards in Kannada and Tamil? This is just an attempt to thrust Gujarati language on us,” he said.

In 2008, MNS started a campaign for enforcing Marathi signboards across Mumbai. The campaign was halted after the intervention of Bombay High Court.

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First Published: Jul 28, 2017 12:49 IST