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Raj wanted to work with Walt Disney

In the limelight of late for several reasons, notably his stance against north Indians, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has said that he once wanted to work with the famous Walt Disney Studios.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2008 14:42 IST

In the limelight of late for several reasons, notably his stance against north Indians, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has said that he once wanted to work with the famous Walt Disney Studios.

"In my college days, I wanted to work with Walt Disney Studios. I drew cartoons even before my foray in politics. Film making is also a passion. I would have been doing either of these things", Raj said when asked what he would have done had he not joined politics.

The MNS chief said his son also draws good pictures. "However, he has to decide which career to pursue, I won't force anything. In our home we don't force anything on our son", Raj said, recalling the day when Balasaheb (uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray) had sent him and sons Uddhav and Bindumadhav to J J School of Art".

Raj said he was planning to launching his own newspaper.

Replying to a query, the MNS chief said he will change the name of his party's film workers' association as it is in English.

"There is a new culinary dish being churned out in the political arena and it is called 'spineless politician' like the boneless chicken," Raj said.

"Give me power and I'll fix everyone and everything using the language they best understand," he added.

"After my agitation (against non-Marathis), Marathi people are walking about with pride in their own state," he claimed.

Besides Mumbai, there is also unrest among Marathi population in rural Maharashtra as north Indians are making inroads into their area, the MNS chief said.

"Former chief minister of Maharashtra, late Vasantdada Patil once said 'there is Mumbai in Maharashtra but there is no Maharashtra in Mumbai'. Outsiders are deciding our future. Who has given them this right? They should go back to their native lands and make Mumbai out of their cities and towns," Raj said.

Asked if he would go for a poll alliance, Raj said, "I am not deliberately looking for any political alliance. But, I am open to any political party approaching us to form an alliance. I will, however, not abandon my agenda (the Marathi issue) at any cost."

On the emerging trend in Mumbai cooperative societies of selectively allowing people like vegetarians and specific communities, Raj said, "this is absolutely wrong and is being done purposely with support from parties like BJP."

Commenting on the likeness between him and his uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, Raj said, "I was born and brought up in that family. I do not consciously imitate him; it's in my blood. My likeness to him is a matter of natural influence, something I cannot avoid."