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Migrants from UP, Bihar should question lack of development back home: Raj Thackeray

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Making a speech in Hindi probably for the first time, Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief said here on Sunday that migrants from and should question the leaders in their home states for lack of development.

Thackeray, known for his strident, son-of-the-soil rhetoric, addressed a rally organised by the Uttar Bharatiya Manch, an organisation of North Indians living in

He said he was not there to give any clarifications for the past agitations of his party, but to make his argument in Hindi so that it would reach a wider audience.

"States such as have given so many prime ministers, including current (who is from Varanasi). None of you ask them (the leaders), why the state is lagging behind in industrialisation and why there are no jobs there," Thackeray said.

"Most of the migration to is from UP, Bihar, and All I want is if people are coming to in search of livelihood, they should respect the local language and culture.

"When I take a stand which leads to conflict with people from UP and Bihar, everyone comes down heavily on me. But after the recent attacks on Bihari people in Gujarat, nobody questioned the ruling party (BJP) or the (whose home state is Gujarat)," he said.

recently witnessed attacks on migrant workers following the rape of a baby girl, allegedly by a worker from

"Similar opposition (to outsiders) was seen in as well as in Goa, but those issues were never blown up by the media. But the coverage of my agitation is always colourful and widespread," said Thackeray, whose party had launched violent anti-north Indian protests in in 2008.

"I want these poor states to prosper as well. But instead of asking questions to their leaders, most of them prefer to rush to Mumbai. The burden on the city's infrastructure is increasing," the chief said.

"If the rights of local people are violated by outsiders, a conflict is bound to happen," he said.

In the past, Thackeray has made it a point to address his rallies only in Marathi. He rarely speaks to the media in other languages.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 22:25 IST