Now, Raj Thackeray's MNS targets Gujaratis

The workers, many carrying MNS flags, raised anti-Gujarati slogans and damaged or defaced signboards in Gujarati language.

IANS
New Delhi, Publish Date: Mar 20 2018 12:44AM | Updated Date: Mar 20 2018 12:44AM
Now, Raj Thackeray's MNS targets GujaratisFile Photo

A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray's stringent criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ujaratoriented' policies, MNS activists targeted Gujarati establishments in Mumbai and Palghar on Monday. A group of MNS workers took to the roads and went around attacking restaurants and other business establishments sporting Gujarati signboards in Mumbai and near Vasai on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway.

The workers, many carrying MNS flags, raised anti-Gujarati slogans and damaged or defaced signboards in Gujarati language. "Vasai is in Maharashtra and not Gujarat. We will not tolerate name boards in Gujarati any more here," warned MNS Thane district chief Avinash Jadhav.

Vasai is around 110 km from the Maharashtra- Gujarat border and has a sizeable Gujarati speaking population, besides many engaged in business and industries. Similarly, in Kandivali suburb, a 'farsan' seller's shop was targeted and attempts made to yank off the signboard in Gujarati language. At least a dozen persons have been detained in connection with the two incidents and police have increased patrolling in some Gujaratidominated pockets.

In his hard-hitting Gudi Padwa rally in Mumbai late on Sunday, Raj Thackeray criticized

Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP President Amit Shah on various counts. He attacked the PM's dream project of Mumbai- Ahmedabad bullet train that would cost Rs 110 lakh crore and the proposed Mumbai- Vadodara Expressway at Rs 22,000 crore and the shifting of Air India headquarters and International Financial Centre from Mumbai to Gujarat among others. "This is part of a sinister strategy. After failing to sever Mumbai from Maharashtra, the Modi government is deliberately trying to marginalize Mumbai for the benefit of Ahmedabad and Gujarat as they have not forgotten the past," hackeray claimed.