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Raj Thackeray is not on Sena's agenda: Sanjay Raut

india Updated: Oct 08, 2009 21:37 IST

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Raj Thackeray factor will not disturb our electoral prospects in Mumbai this time and he is not on the alliance agenda, Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said here today.

"This time (in assembly polls) 'Marathi Manoos' is behind Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray factor will not disturb our votes in Mumbai and the alliance will get maximum seats in Maharashtra in the October 13 assembly elections," Raut said.

The saffron alliance will bag around 150 seats in the state and will form its own government, he claimed.

Interestingly, Sena has not put up candidates in Kagal and Radhanagari seats in Kolhapur district and is supporting Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, MP Raju Shetty's nominees.

"We supported Shetty's nominees from Kagal and Radhanagari as both Congress and NCP are enemies and after elections Shetty will be with us," Raut said.

In Guhaghar assembly seat from where Opposition leader Ramdas Kadam is contesting as a Sena nominee, it has forced BJP's sitting MLA Vinay Natu to rebel against him.

Natu was offered another seat to contest from Mumbai, but he chose his hometown, Raut said.

"Only true Shiv Sainiks are given tickets on merits and not on money power," he said while rubbishing the allegations money behind giving of tickets.