Indian radical leader Raj Thackeray remains belligerent
Speaking first time after the gag order was lifted after his recent arrest, belligerent Maharastra politician Raj Thackeray continued his tirade against north Indians.He also blasted north indian Politicians and took on Indian government minister Lalu Prasad saying that there was a political conspiracy against Bihari students coming to Mumbai to give their railway exams.
Under attack for his campaign against north Indians, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Friday softened his stand on 'Chhat' puja, saying that he was not opposed to the festival being celebrated in Maharastra but warned against it being used as a show of political strength.
"I have never opposed Chhat Puja but only spoke against political 'tamasha' (stunt) associated with it....People from Bihar who live here can perform the religious rituals according to the customs. My party has never opposed it," he told reporters in Mumbai.
The MNS chief, whose detention under National Security Act has been demanded by some union ministers in the wake of attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra, warned that he would not tolerate disregard of the Marathi speaking people in the state.
The Chhat festival will be celebrated on November 4.
Earlier Politicians belonging to North Indian states have demanded his arrest under National security act.
Recent violence against North Indians seems to found an echo in the Union cabinet meeting on Thursday, with PM Manmohan Singh writing a letter to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh demanding the situation be brought under control.
Government sources have demanded that senior Ministers in the government have called for the arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray under the National Security Act (NSA).
The cabinet also reportedly demanded a judicial probe into the police killing of Patna youth Rahul Raj who had tried to hijack a bus in Mumbai swearing vengeance at the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief.