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Still firm son of soil stand, says Raj Thackeray

Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

With BMC polls round the corner, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said that he has not given up his party’s agenda of reservation in jobs for locals.

Raj, who floated MNS a decade back after breaking away from Shiv Sena, made it clear in a media briefing that he would stick to “Marathai manoos” (son of the soil) plank in the coming round of city polls.

He said his party intends to contest all 10 municipal corporation elections in the state.

Raj accused the BJP of indulging in “double talk”.

“The party shares power with Shiv Sena in BMC and still criticises that there is a lot of corruption in the Corporation. If there is corruption, the BJP is also party to it,” he said.

He alleged both Shiv Sena and BJP had ample resources at their disposal and that can be used for the campaign.

“I have candidates to contest but do not have sufficient money,” he claimed.

MNS has 28 corporators in the current House. Its strength in Maharashtra Assembly shrunk to one from 13 MLAs in 2009 Assembly polls.

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