Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s tirade against ‘North Indians’ continue and after autorickshaws permits, he asked his party workers to beat up ‘north Indians’ who play Holi with water despite being warned against doing so.
During a meet with party workers in Thane, he asked them to ensure that ‘outsiders’ celebrate a waterless Holi.
A party worker who was present at the meeting said: “He (Raj) said that during Holi celebrations, if any north Indian is found using water, then ‘aadhi haath jodun sanga’ (issue a first request). He then said, ‘Nahitar haath sodun sanga’ (if they do not listen, then beat them up).”
He also asked the workers to engage public with Marathi festivals and programmes.
According to him, all Marathi festivals, such as Gudhi Padwa and the anniversary celebrations of freedom fighters such as Balgangadhar Tilak and Savitribai Phule, should be celebrated.
He said that outsiders come here and celebrate Chhat puja, Garba, etc, so why should we not go ahead with Marathi festivals, the party worker said.
According to analysts, morale of the party activists is low following humiliating defeat in the Assembly elections. They don’t have any agenda to go with, the observers said.
Claiming that 70 per cent of new autorickshaw permits were given to non-Marathis, Thackeray had earlier threatened that his party workers will set afire these vehicles if they are seen plying on roads.