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Remarks on Amitabh
Jaya hits back at Raj Thackeray
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, February 3
Jaya Bachchan, MP and wife of Amitabh Bachchan, hit out at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for his remarks, last week, questioning the loyalties of the superstar.

Addressing a press conference, a very vocal Jaya Bachchan, questioned the credentials of Raj Thackeray who once enjoyed a close relationship with the actor.

“I know Balasaheb Thackeray who is like a father to me and Uddhav Thackeray, his son. Who this other Thackeray is, I do not understand,” Jaya said.

Raj Thackeray had hit out at Amitabh Bachchan for setting up a school named after his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai in Uttar Pradesh. “Amitabh is loyal to Uttar Pradesh even though he achieved superstardom in Mumbai,” Raj had said.

Today, Jaya Bachchan said she would be happy to set up a school named after Aishwarya Rai in Mumbai as well if Raj Thackeray donated land for the same. “I hear Raj Thackeray has huge properties in Maharashtra like Kohinoor Mills in Mumbai. If he donates some land, we will set up the school here as well,” Jaya Bachchan said.

Raj Thackeray along with Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi are jointly developing the prime Kohinoor Mills land in central Mumbai. Both have drawn flak from political opponents for turning these properties in expensive housing and commercial units pitched at the highest bidders.

Both Thackeray and Joshi have been accused of ‘betraying’ native Maharashtrians - their vote bank - by not offering low-cost housing to members of this community who are lower down the economic ladder.



Raj’s men clash with SP supporters

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists clashed with Samajwadi Party supporters, close to the venue of a rally organised by United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA), here today.

The clash took place before the start of the rally at Shivaji Park where top leaders of the UNPA, including Samajwadi Party chief and the group’s chairman Mulayam Singh Yadav, are scheduled to speak.

Activists of both political parties assembled outside Plaza Cinema in Dadar and indulged in stone pelting. Five cars were also damaged in the incident. The clash comes hours after actress, and Samajwadi Party MP, Jaya Bachchan’s retaliation to MNS president Raj Thackeray’s statement against her husband and superstar Amitabh Bachchan. — PTI



Violence in Mumbai, theatres attacked in Thane, Nashik

Mumbai, February 3
Raj Thackeray’s outbursts against North Indians took a violent turn in central Mumbai today as his supporters and Samajwadi party activists clashed while a couple of theatres staging Bhojpuri films outside the metropolis were attacked. The suburb of Dadar became a battleground with Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supporters allegedly assaulting hapless taxi drivers and some street vendors apparently targeting North Indians.

The violence followed a war of words between Raj Thackeray and Samajwadi party leaders over his controversial remarks against North Indians and film star Amitabh Bachchan on a day when when UNFPA leaders, including Samajwadi leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, held a rally in Shivaji park. Five cars were also damaged during the violence after which 15 MNS and five SP activists were arrested.

In the night, 150 suspected MNS activists ransacked Pratap talkies in Thane and also pulled out the print of Bhojpuri film “Saiyan se Solah Singaar” and burnt it, police said. The activists also damaged the theatre and destroyed the seats. A similar incident was reported in Nashik.

Maharashtra Samajwadi Party chief and MP Abu Asim Azmi and 35 of his party workers were detained tonight by the police for staging a protest at Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s bungalow against the violent attack on some members of North Indian community in the city.

Maharashtra government ordered a high-level probe into the violence. — PTI/UNI



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