Mumbai: In the wake of threat form Raj Thackeray-led threat to Bihar Chief Minister Nithsh Kumar and Kumar's statement that nobody can stop him from visiting Mumbai to attend Bihar's centenary celebrations, the organisers of the event on Thursday clarified the event is purely ‘socio-cultural’ and has ‘no political overtones’.

“With due respect to all parties and politicians in Maharashtra, I would like to say that no political message is intended to be given through the event. This event is purely a socio-cultural event,” former Bihar minister and convener for the event Devesh Chandra Thakur said.

Kumar had said that there was no ban on the visit and he could go anywhere. “I don't need a visa to go to Mumbai,” Kumar had said.

According to some media reports, the MNS is set to oppose the celebration on April 15. However, nobody from MNS has formally announced the party's opposition to Kumar's visit to celebrate the centenary year of Bihar's creation.

"Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. If anybody tries to show Maharashtra's culture and Marathi language in a bad light, it will not be tolerated," a top MNS leader said.

Devesh Chandra Thakur, who has had his education in Maharashtra further stated that he personally had great respect for the Thackeray family.

“I have great regard for the Thackeray family for their nationalist views. What they have at heart, they also have on their tongue,” he said.

“No politician or minister from Bihar is accompanying him. There is a JD(U)-BJP coalition government in Bihar and BJP is in alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. We could have roped in BJP for the Bihar Divas celebrations here, but we have not done that," Thakur said.

“Nitish Kumar is creating job opportunities in Bihar and time is not far when people will not need to migrate to Mumbai and other big cities to earn livelihood,” he said.

Thakur also took the opportunity to count that traders and industrialists in Punjab are luring Bihari labourers with freebies like mobile phones and extra talktime to work for them.

Kumar will also honour singers Udit Narayan and Manoj Tiwari, besides Biharis from other walks of life including social service, public administration and health who have brought laurel for the state.