Raj Thackeray’s MNS on aggressive campaign against Bangladeshis

Raj Thackeray’s MNS on aggressive campaign against Bangladeshis

Agency News

Raj Thackeray's new-look Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party has engaged in an aggressive poster campaign in Mumbai to drive out Bangladeshis.

Putting up posters in Panvel, a node of Navi Mumbai, warning "Bangladeshis" to leave India or be driven out "MNS-style". The posters display the MNS's new flag, saffron and emblazoned with Chhatrapati Shivaji's royal seal, and photos of Raj Thackeray and his son Amit Thackeray, a recent inductee.

Photos of these messages were taken on February 3, less than two weeks after Thackeray announced he would support the Modi government in evicting illegal migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The MNS has also announced a protest march on February 9 to ask for their eviction. Starting in December, India has seen weeks of protests against an amended citizenship law that critics say deliberately discriminates against Muslim illegal immigrants from three Islamic nations, including Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The MNS' shift towards Hindutva politics coincides with a recent split between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, who won last year's Maharashtra election together but disagreed about sharing the chief minister's post using a rotation policy.