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Nobody more Mumbaikar than me, am not an outsider: Goyal

INDNobody more Mumbaikar than me, am not an outsider: Goyal

Union Minister and BJP candidate from North Mumbai seat Piyush Goyal during a campaign road show for Lok Sabha polls, in Mumbai on May 15, 2024.
| Photo Credit: PTI

Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who is the BJP’s candidate from Mumbai North, hit out at leaders of the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) on Wednesday for labelling him an outsider, saying they are “helpless” and making ridiculous arguments.

“There can be nobody more Mumbaikar than me,” Goyal told PTI, responding to the “outsider” barb by the opposition. He was taking part in a road show.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut and Congress leader Varsha Gaikwad have called Goyal an “outsider”. They said voters of Mumbai North would send “Pedder Road’s parcel back to Pedder Road” in the Lok Sabha elections for the parliamentary constituency on May 20. Goyal had mentioned his residential address as Malabar Hill, a locality in the vicinity of Pedder Road, an affluent neighbourhood in South Mumbai.

“That is a very ridiculous argument. Not even worth responding to. I am a born Mumbaikar. Lived in Mumbai all my life, worked in Mumbai all my life,” Goyal said.

“It is a very facile and stupid argument. Have you heard anyone say I am a Uttar Mumbaikar (North Mumbaikar)? “They are helpless, visionless and leaderless. and hence making such facile arguments,” Goyal said.

They are the outsiders

He also accused the Congress and Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena (UBT) of trying to divide Mumbai.

Goyal is pitted against Congress candidate Bhushan Patil, who contested the Maharashtra Assembly elections in 2009 from Borivali, an assembly segment in the Mumbai North parliamentary seat.

The Union Minister said going by the logic of the opposition, Gaikwad, a former Maharashtra Minister contesting against BJP candidate Ujjwak Nikam from Mumbai North Central, is herself an outsider to the constituency as she hails from Dharavi, which falls under the Mumbai South Central parliamentary seat.

“I don’t know what happens to Rahul Gandhi, when he goes to Wayanad or Rae Bareli. He will have to find his origins. I don’t know whether it is in Italy,” Goyal said.

He also pointed out that Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aditya Thackeray too could be called an outsider as he contests from Worli assembly segment, while being a resident of Bandra.

Goyal said he was born in Mumbai, studied in H R College and Government Law College, and started his Chartered Accountancy practice in Lalbaug and worked as an investment banker on Nepean Sea Road.

The BJP leader said he also started a small-scale unit in Dombivli in the neighbouring Thane district and expanded it in Navi Mumbai.

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