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Mumbai will come to halt if north Indians stop working: Nirupam

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

said will come to a standstill and its people will not even get to eat if the north Indian community in the metropolis decides to stop working, drawing sharp reactions from the and the Raj Thackeray-led

However, the community should not be forced to take such a step, the warned, without naming any individual or political party.

He said the north Indian community had always expressed gratitude towards and

"It is the north Indian community which runs the lives of or shoulders the burden of the people of Mumbai," Nirupam

said at an event of north Indians here Sunday night.

also attended the event.

Nirupam said the members of the north Indian community were supplying milk, newspapers and vegetables to the people of the megapolis, besides providing autorickshaw and

"If the community decides to stop work for a day, life in Mumbai will come to a standstill. None will get roti (bread), vegetables, milk and auto, taxi, truck and tempo (services).

"It happens sometimes, but it should not be done. (The community) should not be forced to take such a step," the former added.

The and the Navnirman Sena (MNS) attacked Nirupam over his remarks.

The stressed the city belonged to the 'Marathi Manoos' (sons of the soil), while the Raj Thackeray-led party challenged the to bring the financial capital to a standstill.

from Mumbai South-Central, said Nirupam was running out of issues and hence, the comments.

"The Congress cannot win even the gram panchayat polls. Hence, Mumbaikars will show Nirupam his place in the upcoming polls," Shewale added.

said on Twitter, "Challenging Congress's Bhaiyya (Nirupam) to bring Mumbai to a halt".

Meanwhile, a poster by an worker surfaced on showing Nirupam as a "stray dog" and charging him with making controversial statements with an eye on votes of Hindi-speaking people.

Asked about the poster, Deshpande said it was not the party's official position.

The MNS, established over a decade ago to champion the cause of the sons of the soil, has in the past launched agitations against north Indians in Mumbai.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 19:30 IST
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