Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said Mumbai will come to a standstill and its people will not even get food to eat if the north Indian community in the metropolis decides to stop working, drawing sharp reactions from the Shiv Sena and the Raj Thackeray-led MNS.
"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.
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 taxi services.
"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 Member of Parliament added.
"The Congress cannot win even the gram panchayat polls. Hence, Mumbaikars will show Nirupam his place in the upcoming polls," Shewale added.
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.
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