Alleging that Hindi news channels were “distorting” his statements, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday said they should not air news without understanding issues.

Speaking at a party meeting in Mumbai on Sunday, Mr. Thackeray said “I want to tell the Hindi news channel to first understand the issue before it is broadcast... otherwise we know how to stop it.”

His reaction comes after some Hindi news channels and leaders of JD(U), RJD and BJP from Bihar attacked him for his remarks on Friday that he would brand Biharis as infiltrators and make them leave Maharashtra.

“Why do all criminals flee to states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand after committing crime here?” he asked and commented that governments from these states should introspect over it.

“Even Centre should think over the issue,” he said.

He also ridiculed Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s claim that the Thackerays had migrated from Bihar to Maharashtra.

He demanded that the Maharashtra government and police should make registration compulsory for migrants entering the State.

As many as 48 trains from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh come to the state daily, he said, adding, “Who knows how many people enter the state daily? There is no track record of their activities.”

He also pressed for the resignation of State Home Minister R.R. Patil.

“Mumbai Police Commissioner has received a letter from Bihar DG but Patil says he has no knowledge of it. This is the reason I am demanding his resignation. Patil does not understand the home department,” he said.

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