Raj Thackeray challenged by SP's Abu Asim Azmi, says find Bangladeshis, get Rs 2 crore

Raj Thackeray

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi today offered Rs 2 crore to MNS chief Raj Thackeray if he substantiates his allegation about Bangladeshi voters in the Assembly constituency from where he won the poll.

"Raj Thackeray says there are lakhs of Bangladeshis in my constituency. I will give Rs 2 crore if he shows even 1 lakh Bangladeshis and Pakistanis in Bhiwandi," Azmi said at a press conference here.

Azmi even displayed the Rs two crore cheque on the occasion.

"I will quit politics if his charge is proved. If he fails, he will have to quit," Azmi said, accusing the MNS chief of playing politics by fooling Marathi people.

"Raj has abused me. Even I can hurl abuse, but my tehzeeb doesn't allow it," Azmi said. The MNS morcha here yesterday was taken out without permission and police should act against the organisers, he said.

Azmi congratulated Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik for displaying "restraint" while tackling the August 11 violence at Azad Maidan.

"The drug mafia was behind that violence. The culprits joined the protest morcha later," he said.

On Raj Thackeray displaying a purported Bangladeshi passport at the rally yesterday, Azmi said, "The throwing of passport should be inquired into. It is a serious offence."

"Raj Thackeray is against Dalits and Muslims. His Hindutva face has come to the fore," Azmi said.

RJD slams Raj Thackeray for anti-North Indian diatribes, burn effigy

Patna: RJD slammed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and burnt his effigy today for his diatribes against the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

RJD supporters, led by its Bihar unit chief Ramchandra Purve took out a protest march here and shouted slogans against Thackeray before burning his effigy for his tirade and holding the immigrants from the two states responsible for violent protests in Mumbai recently.

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