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Lalu's 'chhat puja' remarks provocative: SP

Lalu's 'chhat puja' remarks provocative: SP

Author: PTI
Publication: Afternoon Despatch and Courier
Date: February 18, 2008

The Samajwadi Party has criticised Railway Minister Lalu Prasad' remark about performing chhat puja in Mumbai saying these were 'provocative' "I don't agree with what Lalu has said", SP General Secretary Amar Singh told reporters here when asked to comment on reports that the RJD chief had dared to perform the puja in front of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's residence.

Chhat puja is performed by facing the Sun. Today they talk about performing it in front of Raj Thackeray's residence… Tomorrow, they will say something about performing it in his bedroom. We are opposed do such provocative remarks", he said.

Asked about an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna asking him to practice his brand of politics outside Maharashtra, Singh declined to comment. "Saamna calls me as Hanuman of the Bachchan family. Thank God thay are not calling me Ravana" he quipped.

Singh refuted Raj Thackeray's charge that he was only reacting to Singh's reportedly offering 'lathi' (sticks) to north Indians in Mumbai. "My politics is not about offering is about tolerating assaulting assault by lathis", Singh said.

"Shivaji Maharaj is not only the pride of Maharashtra but also that of the entire country. Same with Lord Ganesh whom the entire country welcomes as Ganpati Bappa Moraya", Singh said.

The word 'Maratha' is also in our national anthem, he added.

Top leaders, including President, Home Minister and Agriculture Minister, are from Maharashtra, Sing said. Like in the Centre, Congress and NCP are in ruling coalition in the state as well but for the 13 days of the violence, the state government was inactive, he said.

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