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‘Work hard for a Sena govt’

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday officially launched his party campaign for the Assembly elections, reports Sujit Mahamulkar.

mumbai Updated: Sep 14, 2009 20:38 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday officially launched his party campaign for the Assembly elections.

Addressing party workers at Goregaon NSE ground, Uddhav slammed the Congress and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). “They divided the Marathi votes in the Lok Sabha elections. We won’t let them do it this time. And you have to work hard to form a Sena government in the state,” he said.

He said: “Only ‘bow and arrow’ should be treated as the Sena’s official symbol.”

Without naming the MNS and his cousin Raj Thackeray, Uddhav said: “The Congress has given ‘supari’ (contract) for dividing Marathi votes. It divided the Hindus and now they have targeted Marathis.”

Thackeray, in his 45-minute speech, said: “The state government has failed tackle issues like to supply electricity to all especially in the rural areas.”

He added: “The common man is fed up of shortage of electricity, security lapses and terrorist attack and inflation. People won’t vote them. They want a change.”