Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is famous for whipping up anti-Hindi speaking people’s sentiment in Maharashtra. His recent outburst against Biharis living in the state has created a stir in political fraternity and drawn flak from several quarters.

After quoting Biharis as “infiltrators” in Maharashtra, he has now threatened to Hindi news channels that if they continues to target him, they will be shut down in the state.

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Raj also has strong words for experts who participate in the debate shows. He warned them not to speak anything against him else the Hindi news channels will have to face serious repercussions in Maharashtra. He has said that Hindi news channels have misquoted me.

“They comment on me all the time but refuse to show what Chief Secretary of Bihar has said. It is high time that they stop commenting on me else get ready to face consequences.” Added the MNS chief.

Lashing out at Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's remark that Thackeray's family too had come originally from Bihar, he said, "He says anything that comes to his mind, however irrelevant. He is someone the Congress keeps, to take the brunt of all criticism.

"Thackeray, in a slapstick manner, retorted to Singh's remark with a question: "So is Digvijay Singh's family from Sulabh Shauchalay (public toilet)?"Last week, Thackeray had called Biharis in Maharashtra "infiltrators" in reaction to reports of a letter from the Bihar chief secretary warning Mumbai Police against picking up suspects from the state without first informing local police.

MNS chief has also said that the government of Bihar needs to think that why all criminals head to Bihar for asylum. Why they don’t move to Gujarat, Tamilnadu or Karnataka? Recently, kidnappers of Nagpur fled to Bihar after commiting the crime. Polices of different states goes to Bihar to search criminals of their states. Bihar government needs to think over the issue.

Bringing up the matter of the cinema wing of MNS's threat to disrupt shooting of a television programme featuring Pakistani artistes, Thackeray said he did not favour the inclusion of Pakistani performers."I stand by my views.

It is wrong to entertain Pakistani artistes when we are not welcomed in their country," he said. Asha Bhonsle is also a part of the show titled "Sur Kshetra" to be aired on Color and Sahara channels. Last week, when Bhonsle said that she does not understand politics, and that she considers guests like god, Thackeray rebuked the singer saying he wondered if the real reason she participated in the show was "Paisa devo bhava" (Money is god).

(JPN/Agencies)

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