Kolkata, Nov 4: In a veiled criticism of the attacks on North Indians by Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navanirman Sena, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said what was happening in Maharashtra was not desirable in independent India.
Without naming either Raj Thackeray or MNS, Bhattacharjee said, "What is happening in the financial capital of the country is totally undesirable in free India". Everyone has free access to any part of the country, but unfortunately even after 61 years after the independence, we are yet to develop the feeling that we are all Indians. When I say this I do not harbour any parochial idea," he said inaugurating a programme to launch the formation of 'Rajasthan Bengal Maitri Parishad.'
Stating that India is multi-lingual and multi-religious, he said that the country is facing three dangers - chauvinism, terrorism and communalism."We have to also fight the enemies of poverty, hunger and unemployment along with these three," he said.Talking about the people of Rajasthan living in West Bengal, he said, "the state has benefited in terms of economy and development over the years by the entrepreneurs of Rajasthan who have been living here".