Rahul snubs Sena, takes Mumbai local
Mumbai is on edge as Rahul Gandhi arrives in the city for a three-hour stop. The Shiv Sena has promised to greet Gandhi with black flags, to protest against Gandhi's comment that “Mumbai is for all Indians.” In Bihar earlier this week, Gandhi also said that it was commandos from Bihar and UP who fought for Mumbai during 26/11, and so migrant labour should not be targeted in the city.
Drastically changing the arrangements made for him in Mumbai, Rahul Gandhi hopped onto a local train at Andheri to make his way to a Ghatpokar slum.
Gandhi is on a countrywide tour on a meet-the-youth programme.
After Gandhi decided to ride two local trains, bomb detection and disposal squads, and sniffer dogs were immediately pressed into service at Andheri, Vile Parle, Dadar and Ghatkopar railway stations.
Sena corporator, Rajul Patel, wearing a black sari, and two others were picked up while trying to make way into the Bhaidas Hall in suburban Vile Parle without proper invite, police said.
Shops in both the areas remained closed, police said, adding several trouble makers were detained last night as a preventive measure.
"Actually I didn't respond to Uddhav but I said this about people from Bihar. Thackerayji was saying that people from Bihar and UP should be thrown out from Maharashtra. And when 26/11 happened, then NSG commandos from UP, Bihar, Himachal, Gujarat, Maharashtra helped. So then he didn't say this at that time," Rahul Gandhi had said.