Mumbai: Miffed over being called a native of Bihar, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accusing him of playing vote bank politics.

‘Hand me Army, I’ll solve all problems’

“He does petty politics of caste and religion.   This is the reason why he has locked horns with Narendra Modi,” Thackeray said while adding, “Nitish has assumed power in Bihar by Muslim support. That’s why he would never allow Modi in Bihar as he knows this will adversely affect his Muslim vote bank.”

Denying to comment on the recent claim of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh that the Thackeray family originally hailed from Bihar, Shiv Sena supremo vehemently said, “The Thackerays are united and everybody should remember this.”

Digvijay Singh had earlier claimed that a book written by Prabodhankar Thackeray, father of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, has mentioned that Thackeray clan migrated from Magadh (a place in Bihar) to Bhopal and other places including Mumbai.

Expressing his resentment over the August 11 ethnic riots in Mumbai, Thackeray alleged of a well–planned strategy that worked behind the deadly violence.

“Mumbai has witnessed one of the worst communal violences ever on August 11. After the ethnic riots during the Babri Masjid demolition, the Muslim community was seen so furious for the first time on that day,” he said.

Hitting out at the supporters of Pakistan and Bangladesh, Thackeray said, “Had I been given charge of the Army, I would have surely drive them out of Maharashtra in a day.”


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