Shiv Sena today stepped up its attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the “Mumbai for all Indians” remark, raking up Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin.
“Mumbai may belong to all Indians but how can it belong to an Italian mummy,” Thackeray said in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamna. “The ‘Prince of Congress’ is totally frustrated and it is in this frustration he has insulted Marathi people and Maharashtra,” he said.
The Sena leader said Mumbai was not a “dharamshala” (guesthouse) of the country that “anyone comes to Mumbai, spits here and leaves.”
Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra and Marathi people, Thackeray maintained and added that “If anyone is going to murder this truth, he will have to face weapons of Maharashtra”.
The Congress leader yesterday asserted that India is for all Indians and people have a right to go anywhere.
“I am really not interested in what Bal Thackeray or Raj Thackeray have to say. Frankly, I am interested in one concept that India belongs to Indians and every part of India belongs to every Indian”, he had said at a press conference in Patna.