Thackeray blames it on ‘influx of migrants’ in maximum city

A day after 22 people were killed in a stampede at Elphinstone railway station

A day after 22 people were killed in a stampede at Elphinstone railway station, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said that such incidents will continue to occur in Mumbai till hordes of migrants keep pouring into the city. He also warned that “not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for the bullet train in Mumbai” until the infrastructure of local railways was made better. The MNS leader, who has in the past stoked controversies with his anti-migrant rhetoric, told reporters at his residence Krishna Kunj in Dadar, “There has been a collapse of infrastructure facilities due to the migrant influx from other regions.”

Saying that he travelled in Mumbai suburban trains for two years while studying arts at the Sir J J College in Mumbai, Mr. Thackeray said, “What you call the famed spirit of Mumbai which overcomes such tragedies is actually hopelessness in face of such calamities.” On Friday, a stampede on a narrow foot overbridge at the Elphinstone railway station during the rush hour had led to deaths of at least 22 people and injuries to 30.

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