The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray yesterday lambasted BJP for what he calls double standards in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Briefing the media through the social networking site Facebook, Raj said, “The BJP shares power with Shiv Sena in BMC and still says that there is a lot of corruption by Sena in the civic body. If there is corruption, the BJP is also party to it! So why they are creating hue and cry on the eve of election. Both Sena and BJP, have good amount of money at their disposal that they will spend during the election campaign. I have candidates to contest but do not have sufficient money”.
Reiterating that he has not given up his anti-North Indian stance, the MNS chief said, “I am still firm on my stand on migrant North Indians and the agenda of reserving jobs for locals (Maharashtrians), that have been allegedly taken away by outsiders (non-Maharashtrians). This problem is still persisting. I am going to raise this issue vehemently.”
As the civic elections across the state were announced yesterday, many eyes were fixed on Raj about his possible stance. Significantly, the MNS is virtually struggling for its survival in the politics as many of its leaders have deserted the outfit.
It may be recalled that Raj had floated MNS a decade back after he broke away from Shiv Sena, on the sole pole plank of ensuring benefit to the Marathi Manoos (son of soil) and has been raking up the migrant issue time and again. This time around will he remain politically relevant is the question discussed in the political circle. Nevertheless, Raj has made the announcement to take off aggressively.
MNS will contest all 10 municipal corporation elections including Mumbai and Thane. Our party currently holds Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and will come in power again in this prestigious body due to the work done by my corporators there.
- Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief