After AAP’s thumping victory in Delhi, Raj Thackeray gears up for massive overhaul of MNS.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) which had suffered a massive defeat in the assembly polls is trying to revive itself by criticising the state government for pursuing anti-people policies. Aam Aadmi Party’s victory in Delhi assembly election has boosted the confidence of MNS which had only won a single seat in assembly election. MNS President Raj Thackeray is already started raking up several issues like the Metro 3 project, Development Plan to regain foothold in the state.
The MNS activists had attacked the Metro 3 office at Goregaon to protest against the construction of the car shed. Raj Thackeray’s wife Sharmila Thackeray had already held a protest against the destruction of the city’s green cover at Aarey Colony. MNS had criticised the draft Development Plan of the Fadnavis government by saying that it will only benefit rich people. Raj Thackeray had organised rallies and held meetings with party workers, corporators to discuss about the future course of action to be taken for the party’s comeback in the state. Raj has sternly opposed the Metro 3 project by saying that it will displace several people living in the Girgaum area.
Raj Thackeray said, “I am not afraid about losing election as it keeps on happening many times. I am confident that MNS will bounce back. Winning election is not the only objective of my life as I am keen to work for the welfare of people.”
Raj had taken a jibe at those leaders who had quit the party during crisis. He said that developments are being taking place to sell Mumbai inch by inch without considering the interest of Marathi people. He warned that his party would not let Mumbai be sold in the name of development.
“A new development plan has come up, on which many comments have been made. Some say it will benefit the city and others say it should be thrown into the dustbin. The plan is actually dreadful. They have proposed a hike in the FSI (floor space index). But who will buy homes when they are beyond the reach of common man,” Thackeray said addressing his party functionaries.
He asked the state government to muster courage to start the Metro from Malabar Hill area. “They plan to start a Metro service from Girgaum Chowpatty. Where will they find the path for this Metro? They will do so by removing the houses of Marathi speaking people living in the vicinity. If you have courage, start a Metro from the Malabar Hill area and show us,” he added.
Shalini Thackeray, MNS vice president had forwarded a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urging him to construct more toilets for women.