Mumbai: Unfazed by strident criticism of his cousin MNS leader Raj Thackeray over his anti-Bihari remarks, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday sought a permit system to check influx of Bihari migrants into Mumbai. (Agencies)
Uddhav also declared that his party would not accept Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as NDA's prime ministerial candidate if he continues to stick to his stand on supporting "traitors".
"The Bihar CM should have felt ashamed that the Amar Jawan memorial vandal turned out to be a Bihari," Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Tuesday quoted Uddhav as saying.
"If Mumbai Police needs Bihar Police's permission to nab criminals who have committed crime in Maharashtra and escaped to Bihar, then implement the permit system for those coming here from Bihar," Uddhav said.
By meddling in police action in the matter of a person from Bihar arrested in the Azad Maidan violence case, Nitish Kumar has fueled a controversy, he said.
Raj Thackeray had last week threatened to brand Biharis in Maharashtra as infiltrators. Taking a dig at the MNS, Uddhav said, "If there are followers who are taking up Shiv Sena's issues like Marathi pride, issues of sons of soil and opposition to Pakistani artistes, it is good."
"However, there is no 'navnirman' (new creation) in taking up old issues," Uddhav said, in a pun on the word navnirman in the name of Raj Thackeray's outfit.
Yesterday, Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray had said Bihar's chief secretary had no business interfering in the action taken by Mumbai Police to arrest a person accused of violence at Azad Maidan.
"Nitish Kumar should have congratulated Mumbai Police for their action as the arrest had prevented Abdul Qadir from fomenting more trouble in that state," he had said.
BJP slams Uddhav's remark against Biharis
Hitting out at the Shiv Sena leader, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said Jan Sangh, the predecessor of the party, fought against the permit system in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The party's founder Shyama Prasad Mookherjee sacrificed his life fighting against the permit system for Indians entering the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We don't need a permit to go to Maharashtra," he said.
Hussain, who is MP from Bhagalpur in Bihar, said Maharashtra is part of India and every citizen of the country has a right to visit it and earn his livelihood.
"We will not accept this. Every Bihari has a right to go to any part of the country," Hussain said.
Uddhav Thackeray had echoed the views of his cousin and MNS Chief Raj to demand that a permit system for Biharis in Maharashtra should be implemented in the state.
The outsider issue has gained prominence since the ethnic violence in Assam took place.
Recently, a crowd protesting against these attacks indulged in violence and vandalised the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial in Mumbai.
Mumbai: Unfazed by strident criticism of his cousin MNS leader Raj Thackeray over his anti-Bihari remarks, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday sought a permit system to check influx of Bihari migrants into Mumbai.