Bihar’s political leaders, cutting across party lines, yesterday slammed Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray for his remarks that a permit system should be implemented for Biharis wanting to live in Mumbai.
Leaders of ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Congress have countered Thackeray and demanded action against him.
Thackeray, the Shiv Sena executive president, made the comments yesterday in the party mouthpiece Saamana. Bihar BJP president CP Thakur said Thackeray was behaving like an irresponsible and immature politician. “His statement is in bad taste and not good for the country’s unity,” he said.
State animal husbandry minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh said Thackeray was trying to divide the country. “By airing such views publicly, he has violated the constitution and the Maharashtra government and the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government should take action against him,” Singh demanded.
JD-U leader Neeraj Kumar said stern action should be taken against the Shiv Sena leader for suggesting that Biharis should be issued permits to stay in Mumbai.
He said people from all parts of the country had the freedom to stay in Mumbai. “Who is Uddhav Thackeray to give a permit for us to stay in Mumbai?” he questioned.
Leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui urged leaders to protest in Mumbai over the issue. Congress leader Premchand Mishra said Thackeray was doing this for publicity and to prove himself anti-migrant. Angry RJD workers burnt Thackeray’s effigy in Patna.
Uddhav Thackeray yesterday reiterated the party’s old demand of a “permit system” to check influx of migrants from Bihar and other places into Mumbai. “When the ruffian who vandalised the Amar Jawan in Mumbai turned out to be a Bihari, the Bihar chief minister should have felt ashamed. Instead, he created a controversy when the Mumbai police went and nabbed the culprit,” the party mouthpiece Saamana quoted Thackeray as saying. “Anybody who comes here from Bihar and indulges in blatant crimes like daylight robberies, dacoities and murders, we shall not tolerate it,” Thackeray warned. He contended that if the Mumbai police required prior permission of the Bihar police to nab criminals who commit crimes in Maharashtra and seek refuge in their home state, then a permit system must be implemented.