JD (U) spokesperson Casey Tyagi said he had spoken to Singh to increase his party’s support in his campaign and stressed that its members would join an influential BJP MP from his region in Uttar Pradesh to extend “appropriate welcome”. On the way from Lucknow Airport to Ayodhya to Thackeray.
“Thackeray should come to Lucknow airport with a return ticket,” said Tyagi, whose party is an ally of the BJP.
Singh, a Lok Sabha MP from Kaisarganj, has been rallying people against Thackeray’s proposed Ayodhya, where a Ram temple is being built, citing his frequent remarks targeting Hindi-speaking people in the past and citing cases of violence and harassment against them. At his persuasion, in Maharashtra.
After campaigning against the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra on the Hindutva issue, the BJP MP’s position is seen as distinct from that of his party, which is moving closer to Thackeray towards the end.
Tyagi said Thackeray must apologize for his statements and actions against North Indians and assure them not to repeat them in the future if he wants to withdraw his protest against his visit.
He hit the MNS chief for repeatedly insulting and harassing North Indians.