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Willing to walk a hundred steps for Bal Thackeray: Raj

Last updated on: February 14, 2012 08:17 IST

Willing to walk a hundred steps for Bal Thackeray: Raj

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, who parted ways with the Shiv Sena in January 2006, on Monday said he was willing to "walk a hundred steps" for his uncle Balasaheb Thackeray and added that the doors of his party were always open for the Sena founder.

"It hurt me when I left Shiv Sena. I respect Balasaheb and will continue to respect him. I am ready to walk a hundred steps for him, but for Uddhav and his colleagues I will not walk a single step," he said addressing a public meeting at Worli in central Mumbai.

In an interview to a regional news channels, Bal Thackeray had said that "doors (of the Sena) are open for (Raj)."

The MNS chief posed a volley of questions before the senior Thackeray over the functioning of Uddhav and Sena office bearers.

Recounting his days in the Sena, Raj said his services were utilised only during the elections.

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Image: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray
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'I had to quit the party'

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"I was away from politics from 2001 to 2003. I was thinking of exiting from politics. However, in 2004 I was asked by the Sena chief to get ready for electioneering.

Whenever elections were due I was remembered. I was used only for campaigning. There was no responsibility bestowed upon me.  My only work was to campaign," he recalled during his speech.

Raj said he was given the responsibility of Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri only because Narayan Rane had left the party. "It was due this kind of functioning that I had to quit the party," he added.

Attacking Uddhav, Raj said when a youth was killed in Jaitapur in police firing during a protest, Uddhav flew to Nagpur on the same day but on the next morning he went for wildlife photography at the Kanha national park.

Voicing his support for nuclear plants, he said, "Even in developed countries nuclear plants are being built."

Raj also expressed displeasure at cable network being snapped to disrupt the telecast of his speech allegedly by Shiv Sainiks in adjoining Thane, and said he had never witnessed such type of behaviour by activists of the saffron outfit earlier.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Monday called for a permit system for Mumbai to curb the influx of migrants.

"There should be a permit system for Mumbai, like the one in Russia. There, police keep a record of when someone has arrived and left your house," he said at a rally in Mumbai on Monday night.

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Image: MNS supporters at the rally
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'A vanishing cream cannot wish the Sena away'

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Making light of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's remark that Shiv Sena will become "inconsequential" after the February 16 Mumbai civic polls, Thackeray said the outfit will retain power in India's financial capital.

"Do you have a vanishing cream that you will wish the Sena away? Our party won't be finished. Instead, it will be Congress which will be routed in the poll," he said, addressing a campaign rally of the Sena-BJP-RPI alliance, in suburban Bandra.

Almost 80 Senas were formed after our party came into being, but no one has been able to take our place, he said.

On his friendship with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Thackeray said they have been friends since the time Pawar watched the first Sena rally in 1966 at Shivaji Park, from the sidelines.

However, he targeted senior NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal over the the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam.

"Who protected you in the Telgi case?" Thackeray asked.

Thackeray also flayed Sonia Gandhi, calling her "an Italian woman, who is now ruling us." The entire Gandhi family, including Rahul, Priyanka, Robert Vadra and his children participated in the Uttar Pradesh poll campaign, he said.

"I won't let dynastic rule take place in Sena," Thackeray said.

Son Uddhav was made the party executive president at the behest of newphew Raj Thackeray, who was then in the Sena, while Uddhav's son Aditya was "chosen" by the college youths as their leader, he added.


Image: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray


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