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Raj dares NCP to a street fight

Days after his party workers’ face-off with the NCP across the state,MNS president Raj Thackeray maintained his belligerence and challenged NCP leaders to cross paths with him.

Days after his party workers’ face-off with the NCP across the state,MNS president Raj Thackeray maintained his belligerence and challenged NCP leaders to cross paths with him.

“If you have the establishment with you,I have the displaced with me. They will enter your homes and beat you up,” Thackeray said addressing a public rally in Jalna.

This was his first public rally after the February 26 incident in which his vehicle was allegedly stoned by NCP workers. The incident had led to violence between NCP cadre and MNS across state.

Even though many were hoping that he would show some restraint during his address,the MNS president took a strident position imitating Ajit Pawar as well as mocking senior NCP leaders.

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“If you are going to throw stones I am more than ready to throw them back. You should ask the Home Ministry and the police to step aside for some time and I assure you that you will not be able to walk back on your two feet,” Thackeray said.

He also questioned the austerity talk of Sharad Pawar,who had asked politicians to refrain from ostentatious display of wealth and spending money on celebrations during a time when major parts of the state are facing water shortage. “Will he stop IPL matches from taking place in the state in April? If he cannot then he should stop speaking about austerity,” Thackeray said.

He stated that Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and his supporters are conspiring to malign MNS leaders by implicating them in controversies. He also lambasted the Shiv Sena-BJP for not taking on the Congress-NCP over the irrigation scam.

The MNS leader further named sitting BJP MP Ajay Sancheti and BJP MLC Mitesh Bhangadia as being benefecaries of major irrigation contracts in the state.