The war of words between Nirupam and the Shiv Sena reached a new low when party spokesperson Sanjay Raut echoed his party top brass’s threat daring the Congress MP to cross the line by affecting normal life in Mumbai.
“He talks of shutting down Mumbai. First let him go shut down his village in Bihar. We have tolerated many publicity hungry north Indians like him. We have seen many like him… he should not challenge the might of the Shiv Sena,” Raut said.
The Maharashtra-based party was reacting to Nirupam’s statement during a rally in Nagpur three days ago wherein he had claimed that migrants could bring Mumbai to a halt if they chose to.
“We (north Indians) are not a burden on Mumbai. If the community decides to take a day off, Mumbai can come to a standstill,” Nirupam had said on Monday.
As the initial reaction, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray had earlier said, “I dare Nirupam to shut down Mumbai and the Marathi people here… We will smash his teeth.”
However, unimpressed by his revised statement, the Sena took its war of words on to the streets. Its workers vandalized posters of Congress leaders late on Tuesday night.
Appalled at the Sena’s response, a Congress worker retaliated in kind. “Nirupam did not want to create a rift. The issue is being politicized and being blown out of proportion,” he said.
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