Lalu, Nitish, Paswan unite to fight against MNS

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New Delhi, Oct 28: Bihar political leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan, sworn enemies for almost a decade, came together to fight a new and common enemy – Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who is on a rampage against Biharis in Mumbai.

The leaders have demanded a judicial inquiry into the incidents of attacks on people from Bihar in Mumbai. Now, their demand is getting greater teeth after a gun-wielding Patna boy, who was shouting against the MNS, was shot dead by the Mumbai Police. Stunned by the incident, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "In the most abhorable episode Rahul was shot dead. He could have been taken in alive. We demand a probe into the matter." But while demanding that sedition charges be levelled against the accused, Nitish fell short of saying Raj Thackeray's organisation should be banned.

However, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav used the occasion to take pot shots at even the Shiv Sena. "Raj and Bal Thackeray should be banned for all that they have done," Lalu said.

Calling the death of the boy a murder, the Bihar Police has already dispatched its IG to Mumbai to figure out what happened before and after the shootout.

Adding fuel to the already raging Marathi versus Bihari fire, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil declared that there was nothing wrong in what his state police did.

"The boy was armed. If we ever see something like this again, the state police will once again do the same. The answer to a bullet will always be a bullet," Patil said.

Sensing the gravity of the situation, the Centre has already asked for a report from the Maharasthra government. But the bigger challenge will be to prevent Raj Thackeray who is bound to use Rahul's shooting to boost his own political stature.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh alleged that the “encounter is like the Batla House encounter."

Keeping differences of opinion over Bihar floods, now political leaders have an emotive issue that sells during election time more than anything else.

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