Mumbai, Oct 18: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has alleged that top politicians from Delhi wanted to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra.
Addressing a public meeting at Shahid Bhagat Singh ground in southcentral Mumbai late last night, Mr Thackeray said, ''Delhi (politicians) wanted to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra, but when MNS raised its voice for Mumbaikars and Maharashtrians, they changed their stand.'' Mr Thackeray also criticised Congress' decision to appoint Kripashankar Singh as Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) president. ''Was there not a single Maharashtrian in the twelve crore population of Mumbai, who was capable for that post?'' he said.
He also alleged that there was also a plan to use Hindi as the official language in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), but it was dropped when MNS started opposing it.
He also alleged that Shiv Sena was trying to take credit for the works done by MNS for Maharashtrians. Without naming Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, he said that a ''smarak'' was now being built in the city for the martyrs, of 1857 revolt only after MNS raised the issue. ''What were they (Shiv Sena) doing during the last two decades of their rule in the corporation?'' he added.
Continuing his tirade against the north Indians, he said that ''Bhaiyas'' were spread across the state and people continue asking ''Bhaiya Kaisa Diya'' (What is the price Bhaiya?). He urged the people to speak to north Indians in Marathi and let them learn the local language.