Raj accuses Hindi TV channels of twisting what he had said
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday continued his tirade against Biharis even as he picked a new target, the Hindi news channels. “These Hindi news channels are distorting my news just to boost their TRPs. Stop this mischief or else I will know how to stop it,” warned Thackeray.mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2012 02:12 IST
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday continued his tirade against Biharis even as he picked a new target, the Hindi news channels. “These Hindi news channels are distorting my news just to boost their TRPs. Stop this mischief or else I will know how to stop it,” warned Thackeray.
He was speaking at a meeting held at Rang Sharda auditorium in Bandra to launch the party membership drive in Mumbai. Thackeray’s anger against the channels was allegedly over their selective reportage on his statement that he would be forced to evict Biharis by declaring them infiltrators if the Bihar government obstructs the Maharashta police while searching for criminals. “The channels deliberately picked the first part and showed me in bad light,” he said.
However, he once again targeted ‘Biharis’ claiming that most criminals find safe sanctuary in Bihar and advocated registration of all migrants who come to work in Maharashtra pointing out that the Kerala government was contemplating this and that Maharashtra should follow suit.
“There are 48 trains that come to the state and no one knows where these people go,” he said, picking his pet anti-migrant issue.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who remarked that the Thackeray family traced its roots to Bihar, also came under fire from the MNS chief. “This man just talks without understanding the issue.”
Meanwhile, the ‘threats’ issued by Raj against Hindi news channels were an ‘assault on roots of democracy’, a body of editors of electronic news channels said. The Broadcast Editors' Association has asked the state government to ensure protection to media in Mumbai.
Also, a case filed against Raj — after his threat — in a Bihar court will be heard on Monday. An advocate has filed the case against Raj in a court in Muzaffarpur district under a section related to sedition, among others.
First Published: Sep 03, 2012 02:12 IST