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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Raj Thackeray flags off campaign to enrol new voters

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 23, 2013
First Published: 09:39 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:55 IST(23/9/2013)

In the run-up to the parliamentary and assembly elections, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) flagged off its twin campaigns – enrolling new voters and checking the deleted list of voters.

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Addressing senior office bearers on Friday, MNS chief Raj Thackeray asked his party leaders to prepare for the polls.

“You can now start preparations for the 2014 polls and I want to see results,” said Raj.

“You should target those who have turned 18 and ensure that bogus voters are weeded out,” he said. Raj also announced the changes of six district presidents of the city.

“I want you to work round the clock and start interaction with the voters or else even you will not be spared,” he said.

The leaders were all guided by MNS general secretary Shirish Sawant on how to go about the entire process.

According to political experts, Raj wants to target the youth who form a major bulk of voters in the coming 2014 elections.

“All political parties have realised that a bulk of voters are from the under-25-years age group and MNS is no exception,” said Prakash Bal, eminent political commentator.

“Raj has the charisma and is popular among the youth. He wants to exploit it and an enrolment drive will help him This is first major election after the death of Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray who mentored Raj Thackeray The MNS suffers from weak organisational strength The MNS has been unable to attract Sena cadres as expected after the demise of Bal Thackeray The Sena still boasts of superior organisational strength and grass-roots network get votes,” he said.

The meeting also focussed on the attempts to delete the names of MNS supporters.

In the past, Raj has accused the ruling Congress-NCP of trying to weed out Maharashtrian vot ers who form his vote bank by deleting their names.

He said the trend was more visible in those constituencies where his party had legislators.


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