Noted singer Asha Bhosle has distanced herself from parochial sentiments involving Mumbai and Maharashtra saying “Hindustan belongs to all.”

Speaking at a cultural evening organised by a Marathi television channel here, Ms. Asha responded to a question by interviewer and compere Sudhir Gadgil who asked her whether Mumbai was turning ugly with exodus from outside. Among the audience was MNS president Raj Thackeray.

“People are bound to flock to Mumbai as Hindustan belongs to all. Those who work hard here become prosperous. I also worked in my field with determination to earn success. I have sung in all Indian languages but I am a proud Maharashtrian,” she said.