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MNS chief says migrants’ issue not his priority

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2011 01:30 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
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On the last day of the Gujarat tour, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said that he has been misunderstood — the issue of influx of outsiders was never his priority and development of Maharashtra topped his agenda.

Talking to the media at Ahmedabad, Thackeray said, “The outsiders’ issue is not my priority and this misconception has been spread across the place,” said Thackeray.

He said he has been targeted selectively on the issue.

“Even Sheila Dikshit (Delhi chief minister) raised the migrants issue but the focus is only on me,” he said.

Thackeray, with huge entourage, had embarked on a 10-day tour to study the development carried out by the Narendra Modi-led government that earned huge accolades across the globe. Thackeray met Modi but refused to divulge the details.

“It is a secret,” said Thackeray.

However he continued to shower praises on Modi, calling him ideal prime ministerial material.

“The centre needs a leader like Modi,” he added.

Thackeray said he would like to visit Gujarat again in future.

Critics, however, accused Thackeray of misleading people.

“Raj Thackeray has only indulged in blaming migrants for every problem facing the city and there was not even a mention of development,” said Abu Azmi, Samajwadi Party legislator.

“Even in the recent bomb blasts, he blamed migrants.”

“It would be great if he focuses on development and not the migrants as every Indian has the right to go anywhere in the country,” said Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam.