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Walkathon to unite cousins

mumbai Updated: Aug 30, 2010 01:07 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

Driven with the goal that cousins Uddhav and Raj Thackeray should join hands for the welfare of the Marathi manoos, the Shiv Sena workers in Worli have not given up hope.

The workers, who had launched a ‘Thackeray jodo campaign’ in May, are now planning a walkathon from Raj’s house to Uddhav’s residence.

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

“We have informed about 25,000 participants from various strata of life and expect many of them to be there. The rally will start from Krishna Kunj, the residence of the MNS president Raj Thackeray and end at Matoshree, the residence of Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray. It will happen on September 5 at 10 am,” Walunje said.

On September 2, the workers will organise a truck rally to create awareness about the campaign.

The demonstration on September 5 will be a ‘silent morcha’.

Activists will gather near the statue of Meenatai Thackeray at Shivaji Park, walk to Krishnakunj and go all the way to Matoshree at Bandra (East).

“We are common people who feel that these two parties should come together,” he said.

“We want to build a campaign and ultimately hold a public rally to convince the leaders. We have no other political aspirations; we just think that these parties should unite and strike together for the Marathi cause,” he added.

The campaign was announced on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya in May. The activists said that they have communicated with the Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray about their campaign and asked for his blessings.