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Dussehra rally humiliation was pre-planned: Manohar Joshi

October 18, 2013 15:54 IST

Surfacing in Mumbai five days after the Dussehra rally, where he was booed off stage by Shiv Sena workers, Manohar Joshi on Friday said the incident was "pre-planned".

"I am annoyed with those who created the conspiracy. However, (Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray was not part of it," the former Lok Sabha speaker said.

Terming what happened at the Dussehra rally -- his being booed off the dais by Sainiks angry at his recent utterances against party chief Uddhav Thackeray's leadership style -- as unfortunate, Joshi ruled out tendering an apology over the recent events.

"I haven't made any mistake. I have served the Shiv Sena for 45 years. There is no question of any apology," he said.

Asked if he was in hiding, Joshi said, "The reports of my going into hiding were also part of the rumour-mongering. I was not in hiding. I was at a catering training institute of my Kohinoor Group. My family was with me. My three year old grandson Arnav was with me. So there is no question of me going into hiding”.

"I sent him (Uddhav) a letter on Thursday so that he knows the factual position. There is no question of an apology," Joshi said.

"I feel that whatever I have done, there is no untruth in it. If stating facts is a crime, then I have definitely committed it," he said.

When asked what he had written in the letter, Joshi said he won't divulge the contents as the communication was between him and Uddhav.

The former Maharashtra chief minister said he wrote to Uddhav since it was his duty to explain to the Shiv Sena chief what he felt at the incident at the rally.

Expressing hurt at the treatment meted out to him, he said, "I feel bad. This should not have happened."

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