Mumbai/New Delhi, Sep 1 (IBNS): Politicians across party lines on Saturday criticised Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for threatening to brand people from Bihar as ' infiltrators' and then force them to leave Maharashtra.
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said the Thackeray family itrself migrated to Mumbai and they were from Bihar.
Singh said Thackeray´s were from Bihar and settled in Madhya Pradesh´s Dhar district before migrating to Mumbai.
"If you are going to see the history of Mumbai, then it is a city of fishermen. Rest all have settled there from outside," Singh told reporters.
Reacting to Raj´s comments, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "Statements like this one that if any action is taken then the people of that particular state will be targeted shows mental bankruptcy."
He said politicians should not engage themselves in spreading hatred in the society.
"It is not wrong to work in the political field. But one must not indulge in spreading hatred and chaos in the society," Naqvi said.
Raj sparked a fresh controversy on Friday and said people from Indian state of Bihar will be forced to move out of Maharashtra in case authorities from the north Indian state take legal action against Mumbai Police for arresting a person from the state without informing the Bihar Police in connection to the Azad Maidan violence incident of August 11.
The MNS chief was making a comment in the wake of the recent media reports that Bihar chief secretary Navin Kumar wrote to the Mumbai Police Commissioner stating his discontent on the arrest of a youth for vandalizing the martyr´s memorial during the Azad Maidan violence.
"If Mumbai Crime Branch pick up people from their state without the knowledge of the Bihar Police they would face legal action," Raj was quoted as saying to media.
"If the Bihar government tries to become a hurdle in the way of a police investigation, then my party would dub every Bihari in Maharashtra as an infiltrator and would force them to leave the state," he said.
"The person who desecrated the Amar Jawan memorial was arrested from Bihar. I would like to tell the Bihar chief secretary that because of your state, the crime rate in Maharashtra has gone up," he said.
The MNS had launched violent campaigns against Hindi-speaking people of the state in the past.
Pertinently, Mumbai Crime Branch earlier on Monday arrested one Abdul Qadir Mohammed Younus Ansari from Bihar for vandalising the Amar Jawan Memorial near Azad Maidan during the violence last month.
Raj had triggered a controversy recently for slamming singer Asha Bhonsle and said she should have refused to work with singers from Pakistan in a reality show named ´Sur Kshetra´.
"She (Bhonsle) should be guiding us, but instead, she is making us guide her," Raj said.
The MNS has also directed the Colors TV channel not to broadcast the show that featured Bhonsle and Pakistani singers.