Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: A day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said “Mumbai is for all Indians,” at variance with the Shiv Sena’s “Mumbai for Marathis” campaign, the Congress on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party should break its alliance in either Maharashtra or Bihar.

“How can the BJP cohabit with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar,” asked Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi at the party’s briefing here.

The “Mumbai for Marathis” campaign was specifically targeting north Indians – particularly people from Bihar. This kind of hypocrisy was an insult to the masses, Mr. Singhvi said.

Describing the BJP’s alliance with the Shiv Sena on the one hand and the JD(U) on the other as rank opportunism, Mr. Singhvi said this was in sharp contrast to the Congress, which “at the risk of adverse reaction,” had spoken out repeatedly against parochialism.

Stating that the BJP drew its inspiration from the RSS, Mr. Singhvi sought to point out that the BJP had been in alliance with the Shiv Sena since 1995 and not once had it taken a position against the derogatory statements made by the Shiv Sena against migrants.