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'Don’t blame me, think of why you lost votes'

india Updated: May 23, 2009 01:01 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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The Fight between the warring Thackeray cousins has revived.

Stung by the recent attacks launched by the Shiv Sena for splitting the Marathi votes in the Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday came down heavily on his cousin and Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray.

“Whom did you vote in the 2009 elections? Mahesh Jethmalani. Is he a Marathi? Even in the 2004 polls, you had voted for Sanjay Nirupam,” said Raj.

“It was Nirupam, whom you patronised in the Sena, who was responsible for starting Chaath Puja in Mumbai. It was at Sena Bhavan where Uttar Pradesh Day was being celebrated. Are Maharashtrains so naïve that they could not see through your designs.”

He also asked the Sena to take stock of the present situation. “Uddhav should introspect the reasons for the defeat. Just blaming me would not serve any purpose.”

He, however, refused to comment on his uncle Balasaheb Thackeray’s decision to snap all ties with him.

“Balasaheb has all the right to talk about me but not others,” he said.

After the debacle of the saffron alliance in the recent elections, especially in the Mumbai-Thane stronghold due to MNS, the Sena has been vitriolic of Raj to the extent of calling him a “traitor of the Maharashtrians”.

In its mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena also called him “a sinner”. At the function held at Shanmukhananda Hall, thousands of MNS workers turned up to listen to their leader. Raj also displayed unusual theatrics as he called all candidates on the stage and started announcing the votes they had polled.

“Those who split votes may just get thousands but here my people have got lakhs. We have struggled for months and hence the Marathi manoos voted for us,” said Raj.