Staff Reporter

Over treatment meted out to North Indians in Maharashtra

NEW DELHI: The North India president of Shiv Sena, Jai Bhagwan Goyal, on Wednesday announced his resignation from the party in protest against “inhuman treatment meted out to North Indians in Maharashtra”.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Goyal said the decision to leave the party was taken because of the “partial attitude” of the party high command towards Maharashtrians. “Like the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the Shiv Sena too has demeaned North Indians and treated them inhumanely. All Indians have a right to live and work in any part of the country to earn their livelihood,” he added.

Outrageous conduct

Pointing out that he founded the party in Delhi in 1988, Mr. Goyal said Balasaheb Thackeray made him the president of the North India unit in 1992. “Through my blood, sweet and tears I have strengthened the party, but what have I got in return?”

Describing the conduct of the Shiv Sena as outrageous, Mr. Goyal said the party was no different from the separatist and extremist forces active in Jammu and Kashmir. “It is trying to create a rift between people along regional lines. I joined the party to strengthen Hindutva and not divide the country. Bal Thackeray is my idol and will remain so, but his son Uddhav has completely taken over the reins of the party. These days Balasaheb is acting according to his son’s wishes.”

Mr. Goyal said he would soon announce a national party that would strengthen Hindu culture.