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'MNS would govern if people wanted'

Raj Thackeray takes expection to Vilasrao Deshmukh's statement that his party is running a "parallel government" and says he would run the actual Govt if the Marathi people wanted.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2008 15:00 IST

MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday took expection to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's statement that his party was running a "parallel government" and said he would run the actual government if the Marathi people wanted.

"My party is not interested in running a parallel government but if we get support from Marathi people, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena would run the actual Government," Raj said in a letter to Deshmukh, published in leading Marathi newspaper Loksatta.

Raj Thackeray had written a letter to shop owners asking them to put up nameplates in Marathi. He also wrote a letter to English schools asking them to make Marathi a compulsory language from standard first and the third letter by Raj warned Marathi officials not to help north Indians out of the way.

Commenting on the letters, the Chief Minister had said that MNS should not run a parallel government.

Raj criticised the Chief Minister for making mockery of his statements about putting up nameplates in Marathi and making Marathi compulsory in English medium schools.

"Maharashtra is my home place and Marathi is my mother tongue. So as an alert citizen of Maharashtra I think this is my duty to check that the Marathi is being used everywhere."

Raj also objected to the Chief Minister's statement that people only write letters because they have no other work.

Referring to the book 'Two alone, Two together' released recently, Raj said it contains letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi to each other. "In fact, Sonia Gandhi has written the foreword for the book. Then how can one say that only people who have no work write letters," Raj said.