Mumbai, Mar 3: Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle seems to be the one only who can the speak up against regionalism and the anti-migrant stances of parties and get away with it without inviting harsh words from parties such as Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
When asked about the party's response to Bhosle's 'India belongs to all Indians' remark, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray did not seem to be too keen on making any statements on the behalf of the party but rather hinted that MNS' Raj Thackeray should have reacted to it.
"Those present at the function should have reacted," Thackeray told media personnel on Wednesday, Mar 3.
Asha Bhosle had on Sunday, Feb 28 stated 'India belongs to all Indians' right in front of Raj Thackeray during an event organised by Mi Marathi channel.
The iconic singer's statement came when she was speaking on the contributions of migrants to Mumbai.
"People are bound to flock to Mumbai as Hindustan belongs to all. Those who work hard here become prosperous. I also worked in my field with determination to earn success. I have sung in all Indian languages but I am a proud Maharashtrian," she said at an interview.
"No one can snatch the job of a man who works here [in Mumbai] from morning to evening. Our people [the Maharashtrian community] should also show the readiness to work hard," added Asha.
The singer's statement is being considered as a response to Raj Thackeray's speech at the event, in which he stated, “Ashatai has sung her songs in many languages. And connoisseurs from all parts of India can identify themselves with her songs with an attachment. This became possible because Asha Bhonsale is a Marathi."
Neither Raj Thackeray nor any other MNS leader have responded to Asha Bhosle's statement.
This comes after the self-proclaimed crusaders for Marathi manoos raised a storm over the 'Mumbai for all' remarks from cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and businessman Mukesh Ambani.