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Sena's ex-north India chief floats new party
May 10, 2008 16:30 IST
Irked by Shiv Sena's stance against north-Indians, its northern region chief Jai Bhagvan Goyal on Sunday floated a new party accusing the Bal Thackeray family of serving the interests of Pakistan by promoting Maharashtra pride.
Christened Rashtravadi Shiv Sena, the party claimed that a number of Sena members from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh had left Shiv Sena and joined the new outfit.
Addressing a function in New Delhi after floating the party, Goyal claimed that the diatribe against north-Indians by Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray was part of a 'design' by Pakistan to destabilise the country.
Attacking the Thackeray family, Goyal claimed, 'first Pakistan raised Jai Khalistan, then came the Jai Kashmir slogan. There is a conspiracy to divide India in the name of 'Jai Maratha' which has been hatched by Pakistan.
"Thackeray family is serving as an agent of Islamabad," Goyal alleged.
He said the Thackerays' were attacking well-known personalities like Amitabh Bachchan [Images], who took India's name to a new high, for petty gains.
"Let me ask them, what contribution has Raj Thackeray made for the welfare of Maharashtrians in particular and Indians in general," he said.
He said he had written a letter to President Pratibha Patil [Images] demanding trial of Raj Thackeray for indulging in anti-national activities.