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Poets, writers must speak against BJP-led Maharashtra government, says Raj Thackeray

Playing the Marathi-Gujarati card, he also took potshots at the PM Narendra Modi for not speaking after Bhima-Koregaon clash

mumbai Updated: Jan 14, 2018 22:05 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Maharashtra,Raj Thackeray
MNS chief Raj Thackeray spoke at Audumbar Literature Conclave at Sangli.(HT FILE)

MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday appealed to writers and poets to start speaking against the BJP-led state government.

The MNS chief, while speaking at Audumbar Literature Conclave at Sangli, said, “It is the responsibility of the littérateurs to make the society understand what is going on around them, which I can’t see any of you doing toda. Even at the time of Emergency, our littérateurs were found raising their voice openly.”

Playing the Marathi-Gujarati card, he also took potshots at the PM Narendra Modi for not speaking after Bhima-Koregaon clash. “A fire erupted at a mall (Kamala Mills fire) and it was disturbing to see that 14 people lost their lives. Later, the clash took place between two communities (Maratha-Dalit) which led to death of a youth in Pune. The issue was even raised in the Parliament. My objection is, PM Modi tweeted after the Kamala Mills fire, in which all 14 who died were Gujarati, but kept quiet on the clash between two communities,” Thackeray said.

He again reiterated the same issue of son of soil (Marathi Manoos) and alleged that attempts are on to reduce importance of Mumbai. “When PM Modi thinks of bringing bullet train, Ahmedabad gets the benefit as the project has been proposed between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Similarly, when Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari declared of building an express highway worth Rs22,000 crore, Baroda got it as the project has been proposed between Mumbai and Baroda. Despite becoming the PM, Modi thinks of Gujarat, then why should we not think of Mumbai and Maharashtra?” the MNS chief said.

Quoting an incident, Thackeray said during Emergency a literature conclave was held at Karad district. The chairperson of the conclave Durga Bhagwat openly criticized Emergency despite the fact that the then chief minister YB Chavan was sharing the dais. PL Deshpande, one of the most popular Marathi writers, had also criticised Emergency.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 22:05 IST