Mumbai, March 5 : Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, in an attempt to overtake his estranged nephew Raj Thackeray's campaign against people from north India, termed Biharis as an affliction, and said they were unwanted in all other parts of the country.
In an editorial, titled "Ek Bihari, Sau Bimari" (One Bihari, hundred illnesses) in the party mouthpiece Samana Wednesday, Thackeray said: "They (Biharis) have enraged and antagonized the locals wherever they have settled. The MPs from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have also exhibited their ingratitude to Mumbai and Maharashtra by their anti-Marathi tirade in parliament."
The ageing leader warned that the so-called Bihari leaders, by accusing people of Mumbai of harbouring "anti-national sentiments, were attempting to again breathe fire into the anti-north Indian feelings in Maharashtra."
They must realize this would only put their brethren here at the receiving end, he added.
Some parliament members from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh recently opposed the campaign against north Indians settled in Maharashtra, which was initiated by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MSN) led by Raj Thackeray.
It resulted in sporadic violence against north Indians, especially Biharis, in several parts of the state in early February.
Following pressures from different quarters, Raj Thackeray was arrested and was gagged by the Mumbai police for the past three weeks. The gang order was upheld bya civil court later.
Thackerayjee and Raj: Bihari ko kahan kahan se nikalogay? Yes, just look at Naional Flag (Tri-colour), you will find the great "ASHOKA CHAKRA", this was taken from the Great King of Patliputra (now modern Patna). Secondly, Aryabhatta, the famous mathematician who invented 'zero' and 'pi' is from Patliputra (Patna) and his formulas is currently being used all over India. Mr. Thackeray should take note of it. Thirdly, the other facts which has given a shape to modern India is also taken from BIHAR: "The famous sandstone sculpted Lion Capital of Ashoka preserved at Sarnath Museum which was originally erected around 250 BCE atop an Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. The angle from which this picture has been taken, minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, has been adopted as the National Emblem of India showing the Horse on the left and the Bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the far side there is an Elephant and a Lion instead. The wheel "Ashoka Chakra" from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India." Dear Bala Saheb Thackerey jee, kindly think twice or thrice when you publish your article in your mouthpiece "Samna". You are trying now to divide India again on 'Regionalism' which dangerous for its unity, integrity and stability. An unstable India is most dangerous and may lead to collapse of Union structure of our great country. You should work for the integrity and stability of India, if not contributing for its development and further prosperity, please do not DE-ESTABILISE the nation. It will be best for the interest of country. As you are aware, the Constitution of India has given every right to its citizen to live, earn his living any where and any part of the country. I would welcome if Central Government apply this rule in Jammu & Kashmir as well due to its 'Special Status'. Please take care in future before making such unwelcomed statement. You are Indian first then Maharastrian.
Kudos to Mr Bal Thackeray!! Better late than never. When you saw that Raj Thackeray is getting all the attention and nobody is talking about you, you played this gimmick. Never mind. I’d like to remind some of the “great” achievements of Mr Thackeray to my fellow Bihartimes reader
§ Kick all Muslims out of India
§ Beat people who celebrate Valentine’s day
§ Making comments like “What India really needs is a dictator who will rule benevolently, but with an iron hand” and can we get an example of “benevolent dictator?
§ And NOW – Kick all north Indians out of Maharashtra.
What happened Mr Thackeray? You “hand picked” Sanjay Nirupam to represent your party in Rajya Sabha. Did you forget that “he was a Bihari”?
For the sake of the unity of this secular, sovereign, socialist and democratic country, may I request you go Haridwar on Teerth yaatra (Oh I am sorry, Haridwar is in UP but there are plenty of “Teerth Sthan” in Maharashtra).
Think of some real issues Mr Thackeray. These CHEAP tactics will not get you votes and you will remain out of power as long as you live.
Country First then religion and there is no place for regionalism.
At the end I won’t say – Jai Bihar (on the lines of Jai Maharashtra) rather I’d say JAI BHARAT MAATA!!!! (Thackeray ko samjhao jise kuch samajh nahin aata)