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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, March 05, 2013
Continuing with his tirade against the Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, on Monday, said he wanted to know the stand of the NCP chief on the Indian Premier League matches to be held in Maharashtra, in view of the drought. “I want to see whether NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who patronised the IPL by making it tax-free, will allow the matches to be held in such a grave situation. As Pawar objects to lavish wedding celebrations held by ministers such as Bhaskar Jadhav, I am keen on seeing what stand he takes on the IPL,” said Thackeray.

Thackeray said he has cancelled the annual Koli Mahotsava held by his party at Mahim. “I have asked them to hold it in November, as we cannot hold such programmes when several regions in the state are battling drought,” he said.

Raj Thackeray also objected to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s Sunday article in Saamna, which condemned him for criticising Pawar. “I have not ridiculed Pawar. What I asked were basic questions. Years ago, Raut too had criticised Pawar in his write-ups,” said Thackeray.

The NCP, meanwhile, has said they have no plans of cancelling the matches.

“We have been getting at least Rs15 crore as tax from the IPL. A demand to cancel it is foolish,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.