Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, who was in Dombivali, initiated the campaign. “Who contributed to Maharashtra? Tilak-Agarkar (political leaders and social reformers) or Biharis. Condemn Rahul Gandhi for being anti-Marathi,” was the message written on a huge 20 feet board, which was signed by Uddhav first.
Following the Sena leader, hundreds of people signed the board and shouted anti-Rahul slogans. On Friday, Uddhav had targeted Rahul for his reported remarks on Biharis’ contribution to Maharashtra’s economy during an election rally.
Alleging that Rahul’s comments were an insult to Marathi people, Uddhav said Maharashtra was built by people like Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mahatma Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. “I have no problems with Biharis but when Rahul Gandhi goes to Bihar, why does he drag Maharashtra,” Uddhav Thackeray asked.
Rahul had reportedly said that the people of Bihar were being thrown out of Maharashtra and Mumbai even though they had made a major contribution to the development of Maharashtra.
Thackeray said the party would not tolerate such comments and launch protests all over the state.