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Raj promises transparency in civic body

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 21:58 IST
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President of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray chose to be different while unveiling the party's first manifesto.

Instead of party leaders, Thackeray had award-winning economist Raghav Narsalay with him on the dais.

Calling the manifesto his commitment, Thackeray junior assured that there would not be any hike in taxes for the next 10 years. Besides this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and its corporators' income and expenditure would be made public every six months to bring in transparency in the functioning.

Interestingly, similar to other parties, Thackeray declared that he would support the extension of the cut off date of regularisation of slums from 1995 till 2000. "Once the deadline is set, no party should make it a political issue and demand extension of the deadline," he said.

He further added that MNS would have post poll alliance with other political parties but only if they accept his manifesto.

Narsalay explained the change they are looking at. "Instead of making the city service-oriented, our focus is to make it the manufacture's hub the way it used to be," he added.

The MNS has also promised a safari park at Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivli. It assured that the party would prepare a blueprint for the city to face the challenges in the next 50 years.