Nirupam’s remarks on migrants irk Sena, MNS

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 9 October 2018

“His own position in his party is shaky and other leaders from Congress demanded his removal. His efforts are to divert their leaders’ attention,” said Sandeep Deshpande.

MUMBAI: A day after Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said Mumbai and Maharashtra was being run by North Indians, he came under fire from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Shiv Sena. 

The MNS prepared a poster bearing derogatory remarks about Nirupam and made it viral on social media. MNS called Nirupam a “stray dog” eyeing migrants votes in the poster. 

MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said Nirupam has crossed his limits and now is speaking only for migrants’ votes. “His own position in his party is shaky and other leaders from Congress demanded his removal. His efforts are to divert their leaders’ attention,” said Deshpande. 

Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shevale said Nirupam is trying to divide society on the basis of region. “Congress is losing each and every election and they have no issues. So they are now taking up such issues to divide the society. The voters will show them their place in the coming election,” said Shevale.    

MNS leader Shalini Thackeray said the MNS is against Nirupam as he is responsible for division in society. “This man instigated illegal hawkers some months back,” she said.

Nirupam condemned the MNS poster, saying it was in bad taste. “This is low-level politics which is not worth commenting on,” he said.

On Sunday, in a North Indian meeting at Nagpur, Nirupam said Mumbai will come to a standstill and its people will not even get food to eat if the North Indian community in the metropolis decides to stop working.

Nirupam said members of the community were supplying milk, newspapers and vegetables to the people of Mumbai. He said the North Indian community always expressed gratitude towards Mumbai and Maharashtra.

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