While Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been blamed for division of Marathi votes, in recent Lok Sabha poll, party chief Raj Thackeray has put forward the agenda of development of Maharashtra, with an eye on Assembly polls in the state later this year.
"I started MNS with a dream of development of Maharashtra. I feel that the world should envy the state for its development and I have prepared blueprint for that," Raj said.
People have ridiculed the idea of blueprint and asked me where it is. It is ready and with me and covers seven developmental issues of the state, Raj said, in an article in leading Marathi newspaper 'Loksatta' on Sunday.
Rubbishing Shiv Sena criticism that MNS divided Marathi votes, Raj said 'if this is indeed the case, then why did Marathi people not vote for the Sena in 2004 polls when MNS did not exist.
Raj toured across Maharashtra to understand problems and grievances of people. After a survey which showed that people would support the party on development issues, he established MNS, he said.
With some experts, Raj has set up Maharashtra Navnirman Academy at Pune to research various topics of the state including economy, health, education and infrastructure. The academy is busy in designing various plans for the states development, he said.