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Sena workers want Raj, Uddhav to reunite

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2010 01:12 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar
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Uddhav and Raj Thackeray should join hands for welfare of the Marathi manoos. Driven by this goal, a handful of Sena workers in Worli launched a campaign on Sunday to reunite the warring siblings.

The activists said they have also conveyed their campaign plans to Sena chief Bal Thackeray and sought his blessings.

“The campaign with the emotional appeal was launched on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya. MNS chief Raj Thackeray has praised Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray for his photographic skills and the parties have teamed up in Ambernath civic body. These are all positive signs,” said Satish Valunj, a businessman and Sena worker heading the campaign.

“We launched our campaign today and we will start spreading the word. We will also start a website to promote this idea and form a citizen’ pressure group,” Valunj said.

It all started with rapid political developments between the Shiv Sena and the MNS.

First, the MNS helped the Shiv Sena nominee to wrest the mayor’s post in the municipal corporation in Ambernath, the next was when Uddhav sent his book on aerial photography to MNS chief Raj Thackeray and other politicians.

On Uddhav’s book, the MNS chief had said during a visit to the NCPA recently: “I have seen the works of several photographers. What I want to say is Uddhav Thackeray is a great photographer.”

Political analysts see this as a sign of thaw between the warring brothers as this was the first time since he separated from the Sena that Raj, who never had uttered a word of praise for any Sena leader, except his uncle Bal Thackeray, praised Uddhav. Many say it is a beginning of the possible political realignment in the state and the Sena workers’ campaign at Worli is just pushing for it.