MNS criticises Subramanian Swamy for claiming Raj Thackeray's ancestral roots are in north India

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has criticised BJP leader Subramanian Swamy after the latter was quoted as saying MNS party chief Raj Thackeray's ancestral roots are in north India.

File image of Raj Thackeray. Reuters

File image of Raj Thackeray. Reuters

Swamy made the remarks while addressing a lecture in Mumbai's suburban Dombivli locality on Monday. The BJP MP had referred to the autobiography of the late Keshav Thackeray, grandfather of Raj Thackeray, while making the statement.

MNS, which projects itself as the guardian of the interests of the local Marathi population, has undertaken an aggressive "drive" against hawkers outside suburban railway stations in Mumbai in the wake of the Elphinstone Road foot-over bridge (FOB) stampede in September, which claimed 23 lives.

MNS leader Rajesh Kadam, who attended Swamy's lecture, said he confronted the BJP leader over his remarks. "Raj Thackeray has objected the presence of illegal hawkers who create a nuisance at railway stations. Mumbai is already overcrowded, but no action is taken against illegal hawkers, which leads to mishaps like the one at Elphinstone Road," he said.

Kadam said he asked Swamy to prevail upon the BJP government at the Centre as well as in Maharashtra to remove illegal hawkers and make Mumbai a clean and better living place.

"There was no need to dig up Thackeray's ancestral issue. We are opposing only illegal hawkers and not entire community of hawkers," he said.

Updated Date: Oct 31, 2017 09:12 AM

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