JD (U) takes on BJP over MNS threat to Pak artistes

New Delhi: Taking potshots at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray over his party’s escalating attack on the Pakistani actors, the Janata Dal (United) on Monday questioned the former’s constitutional right and turned the heat on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for maintaining a studded silence on the issue.

“The fundamental question before the democratic republic of India is what constitutional authority Raj Thackeray of the MNS has. Has he now become the Government of India? There is a government in Maharashtra, there is a government in New Delhi and both are from the BJP. Can they not come up with either a decision or a comment on what Thackeray is saying?” JD (U) leader Pavan Verma told ANI.

Verma also sought an explanation in this regard from the BJP-led government in Maharashtra and the Centre, saying it now appears that they are backing the views of the MNS.

“Thackeray issued a diktat and the rest of the nation discusses it as this is the new law and the government remains silent. Let the government clarify its stand,” he said.

The MNS chief had earlier on Saturday turned the heat on Bollywood actor Salman Khan and threatened to ban his movies if he continued supporting the Pakistani artistes.

Earlier, the MNS had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors following which Fawad Khan left India on September 27.