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Outside workers will be sent back: Uddhav

The Shiv Sena Executive President warns that his party will not tolerate those from outside for the Mumbai airport's modernisation.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2008 18:21 IST

In a sign that Shiv Sena is worried over its former leader Raj Thackeray 'hijacking' its 'Marathi pride' plank, Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray has warned that his party will not tolerate workers 'brought from outside' for modernisation of Mumbai airport.

"There are going to be one lakh jobs for airport works. If you bring outside workers, then they will be packed off in a parcel and sent back in a cargo plane," Uddhav said.

"Shiv Sena is not against development...But development should not affect us adversely and destroy families of the workers," the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief's cousin said while addressing a large gathering of Bharatiya Kamgar Sena members at the airport on Saturday.

Uddhav said that Mumbai airport has been named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj after much struggle. "Here, we want to see a Marathi nameplate welcoming those coming to Mumbai," he said.

He also took a swipe at Raj, saying 'Marathi people know what is original and waht is fake'. "Marathi people and Shiv Sena have an unbreakable bond..That is why it has upset some people. "The events during the last week are an indication," he said, without naming Raj Thackeray.