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Raj: Kerala govt registers migrants, so why can't we?

While taking his customary potshots at north Indian leaders, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray showered praise upon the Kerala government for keeping a record of the migrants coming to the state for work.

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Hard talk: MNS chief Raj Thackeray addressing his party office-bearers at Rangsharda Auditorium in Bandra. Pic/Shadab Khan

Thackeray asked why the Maharashtra government wasn’t maintaining a formal record of its migrant workers, if the labour department in Kerala could do the same.

Addressing the MNS office bearers at Rangsharda Auditorium in Bandra (West), Thackeray claimed, “It has been stated in the Inter State Migration Act that any person from any part of the country can go to any other state and work there.

But it has also been stated very clearly that the migrant workers who go and work in other states should register their names with the labour department. I would like to ask the government how many migrant workers till date have registered their names in Maharashtra? The Kerala government is already registering migrant workers to keep tabs on the people entering their state. ”

Thackeray refused to clarify his remarks on singer Asha Bhosale. He added that a section of the media was misinterpreting his statements, and warned that it would have to face the consequences, MNS style, if it continued.

Commenting on the recent controversy over heritage status for Shivaji Park area, Thackeray opposed the same and said that the chief minister would have to turn down the proposal. 

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