Delhi rape: Raj draws flak for blaming Bihar migrants
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MNS chief Raj Thackeray was at the centre of a fresh controversy holding "Bihari" migrants responsible for the gangrape of the 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi.
Raj is already facing several complaints for his earlier remarks branding Biharis as "infiltrators" and threatening to throw them out of Maharashtra. "All are talking about the Delhi gangrape, but nobody is asking from where these men came. No one is asking who did this. So many cases are slapped against me (for speaking against Biharis) but no one is talking about the fact that all these rapists are from Bihar," he said, addressing a public function in suburban Goregaon on Saturday night. "The system has collapsed," Raj said.
The Delhi gangrape shook the nation's conscience with protesters taking to the streets demanding death penalty for the six rapists.
In Patna, ruling JD(U) MP Ali Anwar Ansari slammed the MNS chief for blaming Bihari migrants for the Delhi gangrape case and related incidents occurring elsewhere in the country, dubbing it as irresponsible.
Lashing out at Raj, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said, "It has become a habit of Raj Thackeray and his extended family to insult Bihari migrants all the time and for all crimes taking place in the country."
Flaying the tendency to equate the people of a particular state with crimes, the RJD chief said people of a state in general could not be blamed for crimes, the perpetrators of which should be dealt with sternly. The Thackerays were guilty of making insulting and provocative comments against the Bihari migrants to further their divisive political agenda, he said.
Raj had also drawn flak by terming 'Chhath pooja', a festival celebrated especially in Bihar, a "drama" and "just a show of numerical strength".