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I will stick to my issues: Raj Thackeray

September 18, 2008 14:35 IST

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday said he was not into politics for personal gains, but to fight for issues.

"I am not bothered about any gains or losses that I might incur with my involvement in politics. I have taken up certain issues, and I will stick to them," Thackeray told newspersons during an informal chat in Nagpur.

Asserting that he was not against Hindi-speaking people as such, he said it pained him when people came to Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra and snatched the livelihood of the locals.

"I know of families whose mother tongue is not Marathi, but who have been staying in Maharashtra for a long time and who speak the language fluently," he said.

Thackeray said there was not much industrial development in other parts of the state, like the Vidarbha region. The people in these parts, therefore, were not aware of the severity of the problem (of outsiders), he said.

Commenting on the lack of development in Vidarbha, the MNS chief said it was due to the apathy of the leaders in the region, who did not work together.

Earlier, Thackeray arrived in Nagpur on Thursday morning on a six-day tour of Vidarbha. During the visit, the MNS chief will hold district-wise meetings with party workers in all the 11 districts of the region.

He is also scheduled to visit Anandwa' Ashram, for leprosy patients, founded by noted social worker and Magsaysay award winner late Baba Amte [Images] in Chandrapur district.



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