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Don't impose Hindi on us, says Raj Thackeray

March 09, 2010 19:07 IST

A day after the Supreme Court asked him to desist from making provocative speeches targeting north Indians, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray chose to speak on Hindi saying the language should not be forced on the people.

"I am not opposed to Hindi but do not force Hindi on us," he told party workers at a function organised to celebrate the fourth foundation day of his party.

The Supreme Court had on Monday asked him not to make provocative speeches targeting north Indians which has led to several criminal cases being lodged against him in different parts of the country.

Mumbai's water woes would aggravate due to the hordes of migrants coming here, Raj said, asking party workers to thrash those indulging in water theft by breaching pipeline supplying water to Mumbai.

The MNS chief asked party workers to ensure that announcements were made in Marathi at railway stations and airports.

Noting that MNS totally supported the women's reservation bill, Raj ridiculed the bill's opponents Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying their opposition "shows what kind of culture they have".

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