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Sainiks’ drive to unite MNS-Sena

mumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2010 02:36 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

Uddhav and Raj Thackeray should join hands for welfare of the Marathi manoos. Driven with this goal, a handful of Sena workers in Worli launched a campaign on Sunday evening saying that it is difficult but not impossible.

The initiative called ‘Mazi Chalval. Mi Maharashtracha’ (My Movement, I Belong To Maharashtra) led by a senior Shiv Sainik from Worli, Satish Walunje and six others, launched a ‘Thackeray Jodo’ campaign to bring the cousins together for the betterment of the Marathi people.

A massive programme was held at Damodar Hall in Parel, which had a signature campaign and talks. “We are common people who feel that these two parties should come together. We want to build a campaign and ultimately hold a public rally to convince the leaders to realise what the people want,” a businessman and Sena worker Satish Walunje, who is heading the campaign, said.

“We have no other political aspirations; we just think that these parties should unite and strike together for the Marathi cause,” he said.

The campaign with the emotional appeal had been announced on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya in May. The activists said that they have informed Sena chief Bal Thackeray about their campaign to obtain his blessings.

It all started with rapid political developments between the Shiv Sena and the MNS last month. First, the MNS helped the Shiv Sena nominee to obtain the mayor post in the municipal corporation in Ambernath. The next was when Uddhav sent his book on aerial photography to Raj.

Reacting to the Uddhav’s work in the book, the MNS chief had said during a visit to the NCPA last month that Uddhav was a great photographer.

This has been taken by many political analysts as sign of thaw between the warring brothers as this was the first time since he separated from the Shiv Sena that Raj praised Uddhav. Many say it is the beginning of a possible political realignment in the state and this campaign is just pushing for it.