Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), on Friday, said he would crack down on partymen who worked against MNS candidates in the recently held civic polls.
Addressing his party workers on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the party’s formation, Raj said his 'clean-up' operation would begin in April. “The party's performance [in the recent civic polls] was not according to my expectations and from April onwards, all traitors will have to face the music,” Thackeray said. “I have seen how partymen fought among themselves and some even went to the extent of striking deals with opponents,” he added. “I will also remove those who took things for granted and remained lethargic,” the MNS chief warned.
Thackeray had launched a high-voltage campaign against the party's bitter rival, the Shiv Sena, and had expected to play a major role in both Mumbai and Thane municipal bodies. However, the Shiv Sena rode back to power and despite doing well, the MNS could not make a substantial dent in the elections. The MNS faced rebellion right from the time its list of candidates was released. Many dissidents marched to Thackeray's house demanding a change but the latter remained defiant.
The MNS chief also announced that he would embark on a statewide tour from April. “You will see my magic in the 2014 elections,” he added. Thackeray also took potshots at NCP chief Sharad Pawar saying that in 2006, the latter had questioned his ability to run the party. “Someone said one needs to wake early to run a party. But now, I have given them sleepless nights,” Thackeray said.