Murmu wrties letter to Prez in support of Raj Thackerey

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Jamshedpur, Feb 22 (UNI) Jharkhand Disom Party(JDP) chairman Salkhan Murmu today stuck to his stand to support MNS supremo Raj Thackeray and even wrote a letter to the President, seeking justice for the beleaguered Marathi leader.

Mr Murmu in a faxed letter to Ms Pratibha Singh Patil demanded fair justice to Mr Thackeray, espousing the cause of Marathi people.

But he made it clear that the JDP supported the local issues, raised by the Marathi leader, but not the violence and vandalism in the name of upholding the rights of the locals.

Strongly advocating for the rights of the locals and the 'sons of the soil', Mr Murmu said the Constitution had provided protection to establish the local people and their interests.

He also pointed out the role of the media on Thackeray issue and alleged a section of media, particularly Hindi media, dominated by the north Indians, were presenting ''distorted'' facts about the recent incident in Mumbai and Maharashtra.

Instead of highlighting the problems of the local people, the media was diverting the actual fact, he said and alleged the fourth pillar of democracy was being ruled by biased people.

The former BJP MP appealed to the President to take initiatives to resolve the issue of locals for the benefit of the nation and the adivasis and moolvasis through organising national debates, government's judicial intervention into this sensitive issue and above all through unbiased and responsible role of the media.

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