Modi a gainer over Thackerays' battle against Biharis?

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Mumbai, Sept 4: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray stormed the nation after launching an open attack against the Biharis residing in Maharashtra. Now, his cousin brother and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's son - Uddhav Thackeray too has joined Raj in his battle against the migrants from Bihar.

Amid this tense situation, it seems that the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could be the only gainer over the controversial battle between the Thackerays and people from Bihar led by their CM Nitish Kumar.

In Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamna, Uddhav on Tuesday, Sept 3 clarified his stand after demanding to issue a permit system for Biharis who want to live in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Uddhav also claimed that Shiv Sena would not support Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate if the Bihar CM continues to interfere in the investigation against those Bihari people who have been arrested for allegedly vandalising Amar Jawan Jyoti Memorial and creating mischief in Mumbai.

Uddhav's statement surfaced just after two rounds of pre-poll opinion polls held by the JD(U). The party announced the poll result and claimed that Nitish Kumar should be made the PM candidate if NDA wants to win the 2014 election.

Nitish Kumar has been opposing the demand of announcing Modi's name as NDA's prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in 2014. The Bihar CM has reported to have threatened to withdraw his support if the alliance indeed announces Modi's name for the post.

Citing the recent threat by the Shiv Sena leader, it seems that the Gujarat CM could become the gainer if the battle between the Thackerays and the Biharis continue for a long time.

Earlier on Friday, the MNS chief slammed the Bihar Chief Secretary Navin Kumar for writing a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh. In the letter, Mr Kumar is reported to have expressed his 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.

Protesting against Mr Kumar's letter, Raj Thackeray earlier had stated, "If the Bihar government tries to become a hurdle in the way of police investigation, then my party would dub every Bihari in Maharashtra as an infiltrator and would force them to leave the state."

Later, the MNS chief also threatened to close down the Hindi TV channels and the leader faced criticism from all parts as most of the political leaders started slamming the MNS chief over his statements against Biharis and TV channels.

A legal case has already been registered against Raj Thackeray in Bihar and Nitish Kumar also declared that he will launch an "Adhikar Andolan (protest for rights)" protesting against the attacks targeting the Biharis in Maharashtra.

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