Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday, Sep 1 claimed that Thackeray family itself belonged to Bihar and had settled in Dhar in Western Madhya Pradesh from where they migrated to Mumbai. Hence, is it true that Thackeray himself is an "infiltrator" in Mumbai, Maharashtra?
Criticising Mr Thackeray and discussing about his family backgrounds, Digvijay Singh said, "If you look at the history of Mumbai, then it is a city of fishermen. Rest all have settled there from outside."
Digvijay Singh's shocking statement came when the MNS supremo showed his rage against the Biharis, the people who have migrated from Bihar to Mumbai.
Thackeray, whose party has often launched violent campaigns against Hindi-speaking people in Maharashtra, was reacting to a media report that Bihar chief secretary Navin Kumar has written to Mumbai police commissioner voicing displeasure over the arrest of the youth for vandalising the martyr's memorial during Azad Maidan protest on Aug 11.
Thackeray said that the Bihar chief secretary had threatened legal action against Mumbai police.
"The letter says Mumbai police has to get in touch with the Bihar government before picking up any person from their state. If Mumbai crime branch picks up people from their state without the knowledge of the Bihar police they would face legal action," he said referring to the purported latter.
"If the Bihar government tries to become a hurdle in the way of a police investigation, then my party would dub every Bihari in Maharashtra as an infiltrator and would force them to leave the state," an angry Thackeray said.
(With agency inputs)