Hundreds of angry protestors across Bihar burnt effigies of Maharashtra [ Images ] Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray [ Images ] 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 [ Images ] 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 [ Images ] and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan [ Images ] criticised Thackeray's statement.
Without directly naming Thackeray, Nitish Kumar told reporters, "Some people have the habit of making remarks to continue being in the news. I only knew that Chhath is a most popular festival and it is a unique festival. People from every community participate in it and it is a display of self discipline."