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Bihar: Protests against Raj Thackeray's Chhat statement
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | January 31, 2008 18:20 IST
Hundreds of angry protestors across Bihar burnt effigies of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and condemned his remarks against North Indians and the Chhath festival on Thursday.
Angry mobs organised rallies against Thackeray, burnt his effigies and demanded action against the MNS supremo . Thackeray's statement, comparing the popular Chhath festival to a natak, evoked wide spread protests.
"Raj Thackeray should be punished for hurting millions of people in Bihar and in Uttar Pradesh by comparing Chhath festival to a natak," said Mahesh Singh, a protestor in Patna.
Political leaders, cutting across party lines, slammed the comment made by Raj Thackeray. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan criticised Thackeray's statement.