Mumbai, Sep 8: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Shiva Sena has attacked the actor-turned-politician for making a remark, 'Hum toh Hindi mein bolna pasand karenge. Hum toh UPwalle hain. Mumbaiwalle humein maaf karein'. When translated it means, "I would like to speak in Hindi as I'm an UPite. Mumbaikars please forgive me,". The remarks was made at the audio release of the film Drona on Saturday, Sep 6 night.
Commenting on these statements as unfortunate, MNS leaders argued that if living in Mumbai she didn"t respect Marathi then it was an insult to the people of Maharashtra. They further said that she owed an apology to the people of Maharashtra.
While the Shiv Sena said, "People of Maharashtra will not tolerate such language from Jaya Bachchan. If living in Mumbai she doesnot respect Marathi then it is an insult to Maharashtrians," MNS demanded an apology from her for insulting the Marathi people.
"Can she dare to utter such remarks in Assam, where people are killed for speaking in Hindi," said a Shiv Sena leader, and added, "She should go to states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala and propagate Hindi there."
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena spokesperson and Jaya Bachchan's colleague in Rajya Sabha said, "People of Maharashtra will not tolerate such language."
MNS leader Yashwant Killedar said, "The Bachchans have been living here for so many years and saying that they do not know the local language is an insult to Marathi people."
The Congress party was quick to condemn the Shiv Sena and MNS for ''politicising'' the issue.