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Taking a dig at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray without naming him...

Taking a dig at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray without naming him,Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said some leaders were spreading hatred against other regions and communities in the country which was damaging Maharashtra’s image.

Pawar was speaking at a campaign rally of sitting Congress MLA and party’s candidate from Hadapsar Balasaheb Shivarkar.

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Jyotiraditya Scindia was also present.

Pawar said,“It is right to take pride in one’s language. Therefore,it is right to enrich a language like Marathi and strive to take it to newer heights. However,loving one’s language does not mean hating other languages and communities. Some leaders are unnecessarily spreading a bad word against other communities and insulting them. It is bad to sensitise people on the issue of language.”

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He added,“There are around one lakh Marathi speaking people like me who live in Delhi. It is the same in Bengaluru. But because of the divisive politics,people’s attitude towards Marathi people has changed. These Marathi people are bearing the brunt of it.”

Drawing attention to power sector,Pawar said,“When I was the chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1995,the state was self sufficient in power generation and was even providing power to neighbouring states. However,after power shifted to saffron parties,the situation turned bad and the state is still suffering from the loadshedding menace.”

First published on: 11-10-2009 at 03:42:59 am
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