The Shiv Sena party’s derogatory statement — that Gujarati traders in Mumbai are giving nothing to the city in return — is condemned. (“Without the enterprising Gujarati community, how will Mumbai city run?” May 11). According to our Constitution, any citizen of the country can settle and do business of his/her choice in any other part of the country. Being the commercial capital of India, Mumbai houses not only the people of Maharashtra but also communities from across the country.

It is evident that parties such as the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are indulging in cheap tactics just to attract Marathi-speaking people for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State. It should be the new government’s priority to ensure that linguistic differences don’t become a cause for conflict.

Kshirasagara Balaji Rao,

Hyderabad

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