Patna, Sept 6: It seems that the undeclared battle between the Biharis and the Thackerays in Mumbai is getting murkier day by day. Taking a dig at Uddhav Thackeray's remarks that Shiv Sena will not support Nitish for supporting a "traitor", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stated, "I am not in the fray for NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate."
"Kaun samarthan mang raha hai (who is asking for support)?" added Nitish referring to Uddhav's comments.
The CM also stated, "Bina soche samjhe bolne ki parampara ban gayi hai (a trend has been set up for speaking without applying mind)....kabhi kabhi hansi aati hai (one at times wants to laugh at such things)."
Nitish Kumar's statement came just days after Uddhav's statement where he had claimed that Shiv Sena would not support Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate if the Bihar CM continues to interfere in the investigation against those Bihari people who have been arrested for allegedly vandalising Amar Jawan Jyoti Memorial and creating mischief in Mumbai.
Uddhav's statement surfaced just after two rounds of pre-poll opinion polls held by the JD(U). The party announced the poll result and claimed that Nitish Kumar should be made the PM candidate if NDA wants to win the 2014 election.
The Shiv Sena leader also urged the Maharashtra government to issue permit system for those migrant people (read Biharis) who want to reside in Mumbai and other parts in the state.
The battle between the Thackerays and Biharis in Mumbai resumed when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief and Uddhav's cousin brother - Raj Thackeray held a massive rally protesting against the police and state government's inaction during the violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Later, several anti-Bihari statements by Raj Thackeray ignited the controversy.
Earlier, the MNS supremo had slammed the Bihar Chief Secretary Navin Kumar for writing a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh. In the letter, Mr Kumar is reported to have expressed his displeasure over the Mumbai police picking up Abdul Qadir Ansari from Sitamarhi village without first informing their counterparts in Bihar. Ansari is accused of desecrating the Amar Jawan Memorial at Mumbai's Azad Maidan on Aug 11.
Protesting against Mr Navin Kumar's letter, Raj Thackeray earlier had stated, "If the Bihar government tries to become a hurdle in the way of police investigation, then my party would dub every Bihari in Maharashtra as an infiltrator and would force them to leave the state."
Later, the MNS chief also threatened to close down the Hindi TV channels and the leader faced criticism from all parts as most of the political leaders started slamming the MNS chief over his statements against Biharis and TV channels.
Protesting against Raj Thackerays' claims, the Bihar CM has already announced that he will hold an "aadhikar andolan (protest for rights)" soon.