"We reject the thesis of Shiv Sena. Mumbai belongs to all of India and all Indians are free to live and work in Mumbai," Chidambaram said on Monday, Feb 1 while talking to reporters here.
"As a matter of policy, we reject the theses of the Shiv Sena and the MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena). These are pernicious theses and they have to be rejected," he added.
He expressed confidence in the Maharashtra government's competence in handling the Mumbai issue.
Earlier, RSS' promise to provide security for the north Indian migrants in Mumbai saw support from BJP even as Shiv Sena lashed out against the statement.
The minister, who was releasing his ministry"s monthly report card for Jan 2010, spoke on various issues such as the death report of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, US travel advisory alerting its citizens of terror threat in India, and security concerns of foreign cricketers playing in India including those from Pakistan.
"Let players from Australia, let players from Pakistan come to India, let them play in Mumbai or any other part of the country. I guarantee their security," he said.