A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) member Sushant Malvade took to himself to clear the area occupied by hawkers outside Malad railway station but got beaten up by them, party honcho Raj Thackeray has expressed dissatisfaction on part of the behaviour of the hawkers. The leader, whose party excels in giving Maharashtra visa to outsiders, has claimed that “beating up people is the copyright of MNS,” and that hawkers have violated their rights by being in news for the wrong reasons.
In a press conference held to express his disappointment, Raj Thackeray first thrashed journalists for asking questions in Hindi. After thrashing almost every journalist present, he taught Marathi to several journalists and threatened them to ask him questions only in Marathi.
“It was an unfortunate incident. By vandalising public property and beating up people on multiple instances, we have clearly established that violence is our forte. Sometimes, Shiv Sena gives us a tough competition, but lately, Shiv Sena workers are busy targeting radio jockeys. Hawkers resorting to violence is a clear case of copyright infringement,” said a devastated Thackeray, in English.
Before concluding the press conference, MNS workers again thrashed the journalists for not saying “Aamchi Mumbai” at regular intervals during the conference. They also threatened to vandalise toll booths and set vehicles on the road ablaze if they are not covered regularly by the media. “We don’t beat someone up for two days and you remove us from your news stories?” asked a party worker before torching a BEST bus. “This will remind the people of Mumbai that MNS is still working,” he said.
Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray condemned the conduct of MNS workers during the press conference. “It is a shame that the journalists were beaten up in times when they are killed for opposing a party’s views. Not one journalist was killed in the press conference, which only shows how inefficient MNS is,” he said.