MNS never changed political position: Raj


Claiming that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had never changed its policy stance on infiltrators, party leader Raj Thackeray on Friday took shots at the Shiv Sena, led by his cousin Uddhav Thackeray.

Mr. Thackeray denied having received an opinion from the State Election Commission following complaints from Maratha groups against the party’s adoption of a saffron flag with the royal seal of Chhatrapati Shivaji or “Rajmudra”.

“I have made it clear that the flag incorporating the Rajmudra is intended to serve an inspiring purpose and is not intended for use during elections. In addition, we had already informed the EC that we would adopt this flag more ago. three years. We only officially posted it last month, ”he told reporters in Aurangabad.

Shooting veiled taunts at the Shiv Sena, the MNS leader said that only his party had actually undertaken campaigns against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan in Mumbai, as opposed to certain “so-called Hindutva parties”. “Why does no one ask questions of these so-called Hindutva parties? [the Shiv Sena] who have abandoned their avowed roles and are now in power? Why is it that when it comes to acting, it is only the MNS that has to do the real deeds without the support of any other Hindutva adherent? ” He asked.

He claimed that it was only thanks to the actions of MNS employees that the government was able to remove taxis and autorickshaws from Mumbai’s roads, allegedly operated illegally by Bangladeshis.

The change in ideological leadership of the MNS has sparked speculation that the party is moving closer to the Bharatiya Janata Party, despite campaigning “unofficially” for Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the parliamentary elections of the ‘last year.

However, the MNS leader downplayed his old affinity with the NCP, saying that in Maharashtra politics there has always been a tradition of maintaining personal ties despite ideological or political differences. “I had met Mr. Pawar about the falsification of the EVM. It doesn’t mean that our relationship has turned into some kind of political friendship, ”he said.

Asked about the transmission of the Elgaar Parishad case to the National Investigation Agency, Mr. Thackeray said: “It doesn’t matter which agency conducts the investigation, as long as the investigation comes to a conclusion. We see many investigations starting, but they never seem to end. “

Responding to questions that he was being hailed on banners as a ‘Hindu Jana Nayak’ (defender of the Hindutva ideal), Mr Thackeray said he had explicitly asked his supporters not to put up posters with banners. also hyperbolic titles.

Seizing the failure of the Sena to rename Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar, Mr. Thackeray said, “What harm is there if Aurangabad is changed to Sambhajinagar?

The Sena, meanwhile, accused the MNS of deflecting its request to rename Aurangabad.

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