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Raj's exit will not affect Sena: Uddhav
December 18, 2005 17:55 IST
Barely hours after Raj Thackeray walked out of the Shiv Sena on Sunday and announced his decision to float a rival political front, party Executive President Uddhav Thackeray tried to put up a brave face, saying his cousin's exit will have no adverse impact on the 39-year-old saffron outfit.
"I work for the Shiv Sena and not any group or faction within the party. There are no Uddhav supporters in the Shiv Sena, said Uddhav, who was appointed Executive President by his father Bal Thackeray in early 2003.
Asked about Raj's statement on the party proposal that he look after Pune, Nasik and Konkan which he refused, Uddhav said, "He should say directly what he wants. I was not in the meeting he had with Balasaheb. I read in the newspapers that he wants to meet the Sena chief but not in my presence."
Uddhav also made light of the Sena's defeat in the two bypolls recently, pointing out that a political party's future was not decided by election results.