Congress MLA Says Mumbai Streets Should Be ‘Cleaned Of Gujaratis’

It seems young Congress leaders are toeing the Shiv Sena line and indulged in divisive politics to woo Marathis after the party’s rout in the Assembly elections.

While Congress MLA Nitesh Rane has kicked up a storm by saying he wants to kick off the ‘Clean India’ campaign envisioned by PM Narendra Modi from Mumbai by cleaning the city of all Gujaratis, party legislator Praniti Shinde took on the AIMIM by seeking a ban on such behaviour.

Nitesh Rane is senior Congress leader Narayan Rane’s son and Praniti Shinde is veteran party leader and former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s daughter.

“Wanna take part in Swacha Bharat abhiyan n start from mumbai!! Wanna start cleaning up all the Marathi hating gujjus from there once for all,” Nitesh tweeted.

Nitesh’s comment on popular social networking site Twitter has invited the BJP’s wrath. The first-time MLA from Kankavli had courted controversy in the past by alleging that the Gujarati community was trying to take control over Mumbai.

As his remark triggered an outrage, the leader defended his tweet: “In Mumbai, Marathis don’t get accommodation of their choice because they are Marathis and non-vegetarian. Derogatory and hate statements are widely sent through social media and are hurting the sentiments of Marathis. These statements are made by Gujaratis almost every day against the Marathis. However, nobody says anything on it.”

“If this continues to happen, we will have to do this cleaning-up,” he said.

Reacting to the Congress leader’s comment, the BJP’s Maharashtra unit treasurer Shaina N.C said Nitesh is “a symbol of abusive politics”.

“The time has  come for us as a state to realise and give back in a way which is befitting to people who are nothing but trouble-mongers and who always play a divisive card,” she said.

The state Congress has distanced itself from Nitesh’s rant against Gujaratis, saying that it does not reflect the official stand of the party.

Praniti also faced flak from AIMIM for making derogatory statements. AIMIM opened its account in Maharashtra in the recently-held Assembly elections by winning two seats. Speaking in Solapur on Wednesday, Praniti said AIMIM had a divisive agenda.

“I am not speaking against any specific community. But if a party talks about dividing the communities, they are speaking against India. It has made inflammatory comments in other places in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh,” Praniti, an MLA from Solapur city-central, alleged.

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