Best of the world’s literary works, a directorate to translate them in Marathi, affordable power and housing for the “sons of soil”, job exams in Marathi and a lot more is the BJP-Shiv Sena’s promise to the voters in Maharashtra.
The state will observe a Marathi week and a museum dedicated to ‘Samyukta Maharashtra (united Maharashtra)’ movement — launched in the 1950s for carving a separate Marathi-speaking state out of the then state of Bombay — will also be raised.
With the focus squarely on its traditional Maharashtrian voters, which the Raj Thackeray’s Maharahstra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is out to hijack, the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine released a 24-page manifesto, or ‘vachan nama’, on Monday.
“The Shiv Sena was born for the welfare of Marathi manoos,” said Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.
“The electorate has realised that voting for the MNS means voting for the Congress. The ground is slipping from beneath Raj Thackeray’s feet that is why he is criticising us,” Thackeray said of his cousin.
The allies, together for 20 years, have promised a “permanent mechanism” to stop the influx of migrants.
“The Shiv Sena-BJP, if voted to power, will provide a people-centric government and involve the them in decision-making,”
said Thackeray, who released the joint manifesto with BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari.
Free and compulsory education to all till class XII round and stable food prices are the other promises.
A contact cell — Shiv Sampark Cell — to keep the government informed of people’s problems has also been proposed.
“A separate ministry will coordinate between the government and the people,” said Thackeray.
The Pradhan committee report on the 26/11 terror attacks — a document that the state government has refused to table in the assembly labelling it as classified — will be made public, the allies said. “The Shiv Sena-BJP government will ensure action against the guilty,” Gadkari said.