Congress sponsors Raj Thackeray? Shiv Sena backs MNS

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Mumbai, Sept 3: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray continues to grab the headlines. The Congress has been accused of sponsoring the controversial MNS leader who has been facing criticism for his remark on Biharis and Hindi news channels.

Criticising Raj Thackeray, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, Sept 2 claimed, "I think this entire incident is sponsored by the Congress Party."

"The regional leader knows beforehand about what letter is being written by the Government of Bihar to the Government of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra state government and Chief Secretary reveal this information later, Thackeray knows things first. So this gives room to a lot of doubt and questions," said Mr Naqvi.

Calling Raj Thackeray "irresponsible", Mr Naqvi also added, "His statements are irresponsible, these attacks on media - what is the difference then between the attacks in Azad Maidan and this. Someone is using bullets while the other is using language to attack the media. Their mentality and psychology is the same."

Despite allegations against Congress, the party too has joined the group who believe that Raj Thackeray committed a sin after attacking Hindi news channels blatantly.

Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury was quoted as saying, "I don't think Mr Raj Thackeray is qualified to say that the media will be closed, nobody can close down any media no matter how much they wish for it. It is not possible."

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari urged media to ban Raj Thackeray. Expressing his view, Mr Tewari claimed, "It is my sincere appeal to the media, specially the news channels, to boycott such people who incite separatist ideologies through mass communication. They are in the position to make inflammatory statements because the media displays it in the headlines. If you start boycotting such people it will put an end to such blatant statements."

However, Raj Thackeray might have received one of the most happiest news amid all such criticism. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray issued his statement supporting his nephew, the MNS chief.

"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," Raj Thackeray warned on Sunday while reacting on the letter written by the Bihar Chief Secretary Navin Kumar to Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal.

Raj Thackeray also threatened to close down Hindi news channels in Maharashtra.

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