Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday hit out on the BJP for opposing Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s directive to state police to maintain a report of migrants coming right here from different states, claiming the BJP was raking up the ‘outsider’ card with a watch on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and Mumbai civic elections due subsequent yr.
Raut in his weekly column ‘Rokhthok’ within the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ stated Thackeray (throughout a legislation and order assessment assembly with high police officers on September 13) didn’t title any explicit state whereas referring to migrants, “but the BJP declared that the CM meant North Indians”.
“This is nothing but an attempt to create divisiveness, and cases should be filed against such people,” stated the Rajya Sabha member, who’s the manager editor of ‘Saamana’. Mumbai is house to Bengali, Odiya, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu-speaking individuals, and town’s Matunga and Dharavi areas are dominated by South Indians. They by no means name themselves outsiders, he stated.
Raut stated Bengalis maintain Durga Puja celebrations on the Shivaji Park across the identical time because the Shiv Sena’s Dussehra rally, and Bengalis by no means concern and name themselves outsiders. He additional stated the Tamil, Telugu individuals and Muslims rejoice their festivals right here, and Gujaratis, Marwaris, Jains have turn into an integral a part of Mumbai’s life. Then whom does the BJP take into account as outsiders? Raut requested. “The country may be one, but maintaining law and order is a state subject. It is the job of the state government to take action. Without understanding what Thackeray meant, the BJP raked up the outsiders and migrant card with an eye on the UP and Mumbai civic polls,” he stated.
He stated “if the “BJP’s love is for outsiders who assist in terrorist actions, atrocities in opposition to ladies and make life depressing for the ‘sons-of-the-soil’, it’s not proper”. Raut, whose party shares power with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, said no one considers the rich as outsiders. Only those who migrate in search of livelihood are called outsiders and this is sad, he added.
Those playing the ‘outsider’ politics in Maharashtra should learn a lesson from the West Bengal Assembly election results where (Trinamool Congress head) Mamata Banerjee used the Bengali pride to defeat Modi-Shah, the Sena’s chief spokesperson said. Raut said Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil asked why only outsiders were being blamed and whether Marathi people do not commit crime.
“This reveals the deep-rooted hatred the BJP has for Marathi individuals,” the Sena leader claimed. “The reply to Patil’s query is, why is the ED after the Shiv Sena and NCP leaders, are BJP leaders clear?” he sought to know.