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Raj plays victim in first rally

Published On : 15 Feb 2017   |  Reported By : Courtesy : The Hindu   |  Pic On: Photo credit : The Hindu


Mumbai (The Hindu): MNS chief asks voters to give his party a chance to bring real change in the city. In his first election campaign rally in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray chose to play victim. He portrayed himself as someone who was always criticised but never acknowledged for his good deeds.

He launched an attack against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena and called their ongoing verbal feud a ‘cock fight’. Mr. Thackeray appealed the voters to not fall prey to their advertising gimmick and asked whether they were affected by it or they see it only as entertainment. “No one talks about cities, development. What does the BMC have to do with your fights?” he asked.

The Nasik model


Mr Thackeray said, “The Sena and the BJP are ruling the city for 25 years now. Have you ever asked where the money goes? No. Only I will be subjected to criticism. I will be asked about the work done in Nasik. I will be asked about my blueprint of development. But when I deliver on promises, no one is interested to see it.”

Unlike his usual aggressive style, Mr. Thackeray’s rally in Vikhroli’s Kannamwar Nagar was more about reciting his achievements in Nasik and asking the voters to give him a chance to replicate the Nasik model in Mumbai. The MNS chief has joined the election campaign trail with only a week to go before voting. He said his son Amit’s ailment kept him away from addressing rallies.

He said, “When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation, he said the new year would see new India. I am searching for that new India since January. The move was welcomed by everyone initially, now it is turning out be making no difference to the poor, middle-class and upper middle class. The only difference is people now stand in queues outside banks.” Mr. Thackeray accused the BJP of being party in Sena’s corruption in the civic body for past 25 years. “Being in government, now it is only the BJP that has the money to advertise. That’s why they are being called a party with a difference.” Mr. Thackeray reminded Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to fulfil earlier promises before making new ones. “You promised? 6,500 crore to Kalyan-Dombivli voters. They have not got even ?6 till now.”

The MNS chief said the money robbed from the people of Mumbai was now being used to seek their votes. “They are using the money to poach candidates from other parties. Isn’t it amazing that a party like the BJP could not put up its own candidates and had to depend on other parties?”

The MNS chief asked voters to give the party a chance to bring real change in the city.

 







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