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Shobhaa De’s tweet on separating Mumbai upsets Shiv Sena, MNS

An innocuous Twitter comment by celebrity author Shobhaa De became the cause of a bitter backlash by two major political parties in the state here on Wednesday.

De’s tweet on the possibility of separating Mumbai from Maharashtra after the formation of Telangana evoked sharp reactions from the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by warring cousins Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray respectively.

De’s tweet was: ‘Maharashtra and Mumbai??? Why not? Mumbai has always fancied itself as an independent entity anyway. This game has countless possibilities.’

Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said, ‘After Telangana, many people in Maharashtra are overjoyed and are clamouring for a separate Vidarbha or a separate Mumbai. If they cannot respect Maharashtra, we shall teach them how to do so’. Raj Thackeray went a step further and attacked De by saying that creating a new state was not as easy as getting a divorce and she would understand that.
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