'Raj ruining Mumbai’s cosmo character'
On Friday, the Hindustan Times received a call from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena spokesperson Shirish Parkar protesting the findings of a study done for HT by the market research agency C-Fore.
Since the survey had been done from a scientifically chosen sample from the city’s diverse communities, this paper commissioned another survey — but this time only among Marathi-speaking Mumbai.
The questions remained the same. Forty-nine per cent of those surveyed believed that Raj’s insular line was ruining Mumbai’s cosmopolitan spirit. Thirty-seven per cent thought his party was a throwback to the past. And 31 per cent believed that the MNS was a nuisance and a troublemaker.
Anger at survey findings is not new among the Thackerays. In July 2005, the Hindustan Times was the target of ire from Raj’s cousin-turned-foe Uddhav.
Why was he angry? A survey done by the same agency — C-Fore — among 200 Shiv Sainiks revealed that that seven out of 10 Sainiks wanted Raj to lead the Sena.
Eighty-two per cent Sainiks had found Raj more charismatic than Uddhav and 72 per cent thought he was more honest.
Seventy-six per cent felt Raj was better equipped to hold the Sena together.
Since there was no MNS at the time, Raj had not found these results wanting in credibility.