Still firm on anti-migrant stand: Raj Thackeray ahead of BMC polls

Raj Thackeray had broke away from Shiv Sena, on the sole pole plank of ensuring benefit to the 'Marathi Manoos' and has been raking up the migrant issue time and again.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: February 10, 2017 11:19 am
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With BMC polls round the corner, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray today said that he has not given up his anti-North Indian card. Raj said he still sticks to his stand on migrant North Indians and the agenda of reserving jobs for locals (Maharashtrians), that have been allegedly taken away by ‘outsiders’ (non-Maharashtrians).

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He said this in a media brief which was telecasted ‘live’ through a social networking site.

Raj, who is now struggling to remain politically relevant, had floated MNS a decade back after he broke away from Shiv Sena, on the sole pole plank of ensuring benefit to the ‘Marathi Manoos’ (son of soil) and has been raking up the migrant issue time and again.

Now with BMC polls nearing, Raj today said his party intends to contest all 10 municipal corporation elections in the state. MNS currently holds Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC).

On BMC elections, Raj said that BJP was 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.

“Shiv Sena and BJP, both have good amount of money at their disposal that can be spent during 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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    Pravin
    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    Atleast 5 stan artists are nominated in Jio Filmfare Award 2017, but Akshay Kumar is not nominated, what are you doing Mr Raj Thakeray?
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      Pravin
      Jan 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm
      I just want to ask few questions to Raj Thakeraylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Has Karan Johar donated 5 cr to army welfare fund?lt;br/gt;2. Has Shahrukh Khan donated 5 cr to army welfare fund?lt;br/gt;3. Has stan stopped terrorist attacks on our soldiers?lt;br/gt;4. Has Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Ali Jafar and other stan artists condemed Uri attack?lt;br/gt;Then why you allowed release of movies with stan artists?lt;br/gt;You do not allow Indian citizens to work in Mumbai but you allowed stan artists to work in Mumbai. You even had 1 hour conversation with SRK who has shown his pro stani colours in his IPL team and movies he produced. You strike deals with these producers and think that we are stupid.
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        Sach
        Jan 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm
        Because the raj thakare is not our pm
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          Jitendar
          Jan 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm
          I just don't agree with Thakarey. Does that mean ALL ARYANS LIKE ME WHO MIGRATED FROM CENTRAL ASIA HAVE A T GO BACK?
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            innocent
            Jan 14, 2017 at 7:37 am
            Better you get permanent visa from kazaksthan and krgyzstan...because its ur motherland gentically..and stop looting indian resources in the name of Bharta mata ki jai !!! and We love India. We want our ancient bharat back...where dalits, dravidians and adivasis ruled....Also take your horses, pav, tandoori cuisine, pav/bread/cakes, kabuli chana, rajma,paneer,samosa...we are happy with our coconuts, rice, jowar,bajra,wheat chapatis and fish....
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              innocent
              Jan 14, 2017 at 7:31 am
              yes you should surely !!! Or you should work in unorganised sector and unorganised slums...Because prosperity of India belongs to the original Indians....
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                Ashok
                Jan 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm
                Please do not misquote, Raj Thackeray, he never told to throw non Maharashtrians out of Mumbai. There so many non marathis in Pune, Nagpur, Nasik but no problems over there. He only wants preference to locals in Jobs and people those who have come from outside Maharashtra should respect local traditions and learn Marathi. How long Mumbai can sustain continuous inflow of people, already lot of industries including famous textile mills are closed and the charm and beauty of Mumbai is getting lost, time as come to develop other cities in India and reduce crowd and stress infrastructure before it get collapsed. Logic is simillar to Bangalore and Pune which are getting crowded
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