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Slack response for Raj Thackeray's fitness sessions

Raj Thackeray's project launched at Shivaji Park does not have any member for its sessions, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 23:20 IST

A month and 40 people later, the physical fitness camps started by Raj Thackeray, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief, have no takers.

MNS’ unofficial political ‘exercise’ aiming to reach out to people in a different style through these camps in every ward of Mumbai and then across the state received only a lukewarm response.

The project that was launched at Dadar’s Shivaji Park now does not have a single member to continue the exercise.

“The camp aimed to ensure good health for party workers has to be continued by party members of the respective wards,” said Dr Rishi Sherekar, head of the MNS health wing.

Yashwant Killedar, party in-charge of the Dadar and Mahim region, has many reasons for the discontinuation of the camp. “Our members were busy in court cases that were forced upon us after the clash between Shiv Sena and MNS activists near Sena Bhavan.”

Party spokesperson Shishir Shinde said: “The project is one of the best, but if it is not getting good response, there is no harm in withdrawing the exercise.”

Meanwhile, it appears that party workers have not been obeying their chief’s instructions. Raj had told all party activists to stop wearing gold ornaments and avoid putting tilaks on forehead. Besides, he had also strictly instructed that hoardings and banners be removed immediately after a function, event or festival is over.

But a party banner with Raj’s photograph that had been put up to celebrate 100 years of Sarvajanik Hindu Gymnasium has still not been removed though the function got over last week.

“I will look into the matter and ensure that hoardings put up across the Mumbai beyond certain periods are removed immediately,” said Shinde.

Reacting to such incident Shinde said: “In his North-East parliamentary constituency, he has ensured that there is no such violation of instruction given by party head.” I will look into the matter and ensure that hoardings put up across the Mumbai beyond certain periods are removed immediately.

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 23:20 IST