MNS proposes developmental agenda for Maharashtra
Upbeat over its good showing in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls in the state, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has put forward a developmental agenda with an eye on assembly polls later this year.
"I started MNS with a dream of development of Maharashtra. I feel that the world should envy the state for its development and I have prepared blueprint for that," party chief Raj Thackeray said.
People have ridiculed the idea of blueprint and asked me where it is. It is ready and with me and covers seven developmental issues of the state, Raj said in an article in the leading Marathi newspaper 'Loksatta' on Sunday.
Rubbishing Shiv Sena's criticism that MNS divided Marathi votes, Raj said, "If this is indeed the case, then why did Marathi people not vote for the Sena in 2004 polls when MNS did not exist."
Raj toured across Maharashtra to understand problems and grievances of people. After a survey which showed that people would support the party on development issues, he established MNS, he claimed.
With some experts, the party established Maharashtra Navnirman Academy at Pune to research various issues of the state including economy, health, education and infrastructure.
The academy is busy in designing various plans for the state's development, he said.
Addressing the grave issue of water scarcity in rural Maharashtra, Raj said politicians have made populist announcements like free power, jobs, low cost food but they could not manage natural resource like water.
In Marathwada region, water level has gone down to 700 feet and experts fear that the region could become a desert in 15 to 20 years, he said.
Despite this warning, the state government has permitted six beer manufacturing projects at Aurangabad and mineral water projects at Latur and Beed, he alleged.
On his pet topic of outsiders coming to Mumbai, Raj said planning of the city has been collapsed and illegal slums are proliferating.
"There is no control over people coming from other states to Mumbai and Maharashtra. While politicians are busy in giving free housing to illegal slums dwellers, our state police have no houses to stay," he said.