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Friday April 13, 2012 08:24:23 PM, Staff Reporter



Malegaon: Even as the Muslim supporters of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) are shocked over Raj Thackeray's statement that Malegaon - the Muslim dominated town in North Maharashtra, is a safe haven for terrorists, he is receiving flak from the Malegaonians.


"The statement made by Raj Thackeray in his speech was totally uncalled for. In fact, I went to the rally hoping to listen something different from what he and his family are famous for. However, he exposed his true color once again in Malegaon", Z Khan, a journalist associated with a national TV channel, said while speaking to


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"There are places in Maharashtra where terrorists from Pakistan and Bangladesh come and take shelter. Malegaon and Bhiwandi are two of them", Raj Thackeray

Another journalist associated with a Mumbai based Urdu daily said, "In my twenty years of journalistic career, I never saw a leader delivering such a speech which is filled with so much hatred and insult for others."


Ahesan Kamal, a local businessman said, "Raj Thackeray should correct his information about Malegaon. The terrorists who were involved in Malegaon terror attacks, are from the Hindu terror outfits. Past reports and events suggest Thackerays are ideologically very close to such groups."


Meanwhile, the Maharastra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidates and supporters are in deep shock after Raj Thackeray's speech delivered just two days before the polling.


When sought reactions from Iqbal Amarveer - one of the 15 Muslim candidates fighting on MNS ticket, he looked stunned and could not utter a single word. Same was the case with Mukhtar Bhikku, the man who worked extremely hard in introducing the party in the areas with 100% Muslim population.


These people now fear that the speech will backfire, and the situation which was politically 'in their favour, might change against them following Thursday's party rally.


Raj Thackeray had on Thursday said that Malegaon and Bhowandi - the two Muslim dominated towns, are the safe haven for the terrorists. "There are places in Maharashtra where terrorists from Pakistan and Bangladesh come and take shelter. Malegaon and Bhiwandi are two of them", he said while addressing an election rally by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Malegaon.


The MNS rally, which was telecast live, was organized at Malegaon Eid-Gah ground Thursday to garner support for the party candidates, who are contesting for the Malegaon Corporation elections to be held on April 15.


"At these places, terrorists come and stay. It is only when bomb blasts happen at some places and investigations are done, it come to fore that those involved were having tea with the locals", he said.


Raj Thackeray was in Malegaon to address an election rally organised ahead of the civic polls. However, strangely for the audience, instead of touching the local issues and speaking on his party manifesto, he concentrated on the communal politics, national issues and sought support for the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections.


"I know the conditions in Malegaon is very bad. But same is the case everywhere in the state. If you want to see the changes in the town, vote for me in the 2014 elections", he said.


Famous for textile industry, both Malegaon and Bhiwandi are dominated by Muslims, who are mostly from Uttar Pradesh. Bhiwandi Corporation elections are also scheduled on April 15.


In yet another similarity, both of these towns had seen in the past worst kind of communal riots. Malegaon, besides a series of communal riots, had also seen two terror attacks.


The investigating agencies have arrested terrorists associated with the rightwing Hindu organizations as accused in both of the terror attacks. Interestingly, Raj Thackeray did not say anything about the communal riots and the arrests of the Hindu terrorists who were accused of planning terror attacks in Malegaon. 













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