No hate for north Indians, just want priority for locals in job opportunities: Raj Thackeray

Mumbai: Making a speech in Hindi probably for the first time, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said here on Sunday that migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should question the leaders in their home states for lack of development.

He said he was not there to give any clarifications for the past agitations of his party, but to make his argument in Hindi so that it would reach a wider audience.
He said he was not there to give any clarifications for the past agitations of his party, but to make his argument in Hindi so that it would reach a wider audience.

In the past, Mr Thackeray has made it a point to address his rallies only in Marathi. He rarely speaks to the media in other languages.

“Most of the migration to Mumbai is from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bangladesh. All I want is if people are coming to Maharashtra in search of livelihood, they should respect the local language and culture.

Thackery said he wants North Indians to prosper

Speaking about his stand on North Indians in the past, Thackery said he wants them to prosper but they must ask their leaders why they have to move out of their states to search for jobs in the first place.

“When I take a stand which leads to conflict with people from UP and Bihar, everyone comes down heavily on me. But after the recent attacks on Bihari people in Gujarat, nobody questioned the ruling party (BJP) or the prime minister (whose home state is Gujarat),” he said.

“I want these poor states to prosper as well. But instead of asking questions to their leaders, most of them prefer to rush to Mumbai. The burden on the city’s infrastructure is increasing,” the MNS chief said.

“A total of 48 trains come to Maharashtra and empty trains return. Any city or state has a capacity beyond which it can’t accept more people. What will happen to the people living in Maharashtra? The condition is very bad,” he said.

“I understand you people do not have jobs. But understand the condition of people in Maharashtra. They too don’t have jobs and all of them are educated.”

In the run-up to Thackeray’s speech on Sunday, other north Indian associations expressed doubts over his motives and said this was a ploy by the MNS chief to meet electoral ends during the polls next year.
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