Raj Thackeray threatens to shut down Hindi channels

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Mumbai, Sep 2: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has threatened to close down those Hindi channels which allegedly distorted his statement on the people hailing from Bihar.

On Aug 31, he had lambasted Bihar Chief Secretary Navin Kumar who had earlier written to Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh over a suspect's arrest last week. Kumar had expressed displeasure over the Mumbai police picking up Abdul Qadir Ansari from Sitamarhi village without first informing their counterparts in Bihar. Ansari is accused of desecrating the Amar Jawan Memorial at Mumbai's Azad Maidan on Aug 11.

"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," Thackeray warned.

Political parties including the BJP in Bihar slammed him for this remark. While RJD's Ram Kripal Yadav likened Thackeray to "a frog in the well", LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan urged the Centre to take stringent action. A case was also registered against the MNS chief in Muzaffarpur district.

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil informed reporters yesterday that action will be taken against Thackeray if anything objectionable is found during scrutiny of his speech.

On his part, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh pointed out that "The Thackerays originally belonged to Bihar. From Bihar, they migrated to Dhar in western Madhya Pradesh from where they migrated to Mumbai. If you look at the history of Mumbai, it was a city of fishermen and all others, including the Thackerays, who have settled there are from outside."

Undeterred by the barrage of criticsm, the MNS chief averred that he was not wrong. Claiming that the Hindi media had crossed the line, Thackeray stressed that if necessary some TV channels will be shut down.

When contacted, Broadcast Editors' Association secretary general NK Singh said that Thackeray's words had the potential to cause law and order problems.

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