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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Raj Thackeray says won't contest assembly polls, whole state his constituency

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 25, 2014
First Published: 11:14 IST(25/8/2014) | Last Updated: 11:16 IST(25/8/2014)

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has backtracked on his decision to contest the upcoming assembly polls, and perhaps even become chief minister, if his party gets a majority.

His reason: it is unfair to choose a constituency, as Maharashtra is his ‘larger’ constituency.

“Actually, I am facing a huge political dilemma. I have never considered one constituency in the state different from the other.

Maharashtra is my constituency. If I fight from Mumbai, then why not Nagpur,” Thackeray said, when he was asked in Nagpur to name the constituency he would contest from.

No Thackeray, right from his grandfather, has ever fought the elections, he said.

On May 31, at a rally of MNS workers in Sion, Thackeray had said, “I will contest the upcoming elections, and if we get a majority, then I will be leading from the front. We have decided to fight these elections on our own might.”


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