New Delhi, Nov.11 : Veteran Janata Dal-United leader George Fernandes on Tuesday said that he had resigned from the Lok Sabha to protest against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) attacks on Biharis in Mumbai, but this did not mean that he did not like Maharashtrians.
Fernandes said that he had worked as trade union leader in Mumbai and represented both Maharashtra and Bihar in the Lok Sabha.
'Today, I have subjected myself to the discipline of my party, the Janata Dal-United, which chose to ask its Lok Sabha members to resign in protest against the attacks on Biharis by Raj Thackeray's people. This does not mean that I do not care for the people of Maharashtra. However, it would be even better if MPs of all parties from Bihar also resign from their seats to demonstrate unity of purpose,' he said in a statement in New Delhi.
Fernandes, however, did not join the JD-U delegation that met Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday morning, insisting that their resignation be accepted. Chatterjee has accepted the resignations of the lawmakers.
His demand for resignation of all MPs from Bihar, even those from the Rajya Sabha, was also at variance from the JD-U's stand that only members of the Lok Sabha will resign.
He also said that had been fitter and younger, he would have gathered thousands of trade union activists and political colleagues on the streets of Mumbai to protest against the MNS attacks.