‘He must apologise to North Indians’: BJP MP says won’t let Raj Thackeray enter Ayodhya

New Delhi: Ahead of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Brijbhushan Sharan Singh on Thursday sought an apology from the former over his several distasteful statements against the north Indians. The BJP leader asserted that he will not let the MNS chief enter Ayodhya and he also urged the state Chief Minister not to meet Thackeray.

“He must apologise to North Indians else I won’t allow him to enter Ayodhya. I have requested UP CM Yogi Adityanath as well not to meet him until he seeks an apology,” said the BJP MP.

The BJP leader took to Twitter and wrote, “Will not allow Raj Thackeray, who humiliates North Indians, to enter the border of Ayodhya.

Before coming to Ayodhya, Raj Thackeray should apologize to all North Indians with folded hands.”

Brijbhushan Sharan Singh implied that the people outside Mumbai have contributed to its development more than the locals. He said, “We have been watching since 2008, they brought to the fore the issue of ‘Marathi Manush’, 80 per cent of contribution to Mumbai’s development is of those who aren’t from the city. They should rectify their mistake.”

The MNS chief will visit Ayodhya on June 5. The MNS asked the people has invited people to join party chief Raj Thackeray on his visit to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. The party appealed through the posters that read ‘Chalo Ayodhya’ that were pasted across Mumbai’s streets.

The posters read, “Jai Shri Ram. Dharmada nahi main bhi dharm abhimani. Chalo Ayodhya (loosely translated as Jai Shri Ram. I am not religious for goodness’ sake. I am a religious person. Let’s go to Ayodhya.)”

The MNS chief currently held a mega rally in Aurangabad on May 1 where he called upon the Hindu community to play Hanuman Chalisa on double volume wherever they find azan (Muslim prayer) being played on the loudspeaker.

Following the rally, a case was registered against Thackeray for allegedly encouraging communal tensions in the state with his speech.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:May 5, 2022, 10:32 p.m.

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