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Raj has a new line: irrigated land only for Marathi Manoos

MNS chief has decided to hit the streets for a new state law which will deny a non-Maharashtrian possession of any land under irrigation.

Written by Swatee Kher | Mumbai |
February 26, 2010 2:23:49 am

Taking a new line to push his son-of-the-soil campaign,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has decided to hit the streets for a new state law which will deny a non-Maharashtrian possession of any land under irrigation.

In a letter written to mark the Marathi Language Day on February 27 — and a copy of which is with The Indian Express — Raj Thackeray stated that following the “successful agitations” for conducting railway examinations in Marathi and making taxi-drivers learn Marathi,he and his party have decided to press for a legislation which will ensure that land under irrigation is not given to a non-Maharashtrian.

His letter to party leaders in Mumbai will be distributed to the public on Saturday.

“Apart from the ongoing Marathi language agitation,my party will begin a new agitation to ensure that land under irrigation is given only to Maharashtrians. The Maharashtra government should pass a resolution to this effect,” Thackeray stated in the letter.

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Taking it a step further,he said existing non-Maharashtrian land holders should be compelled to have Maharashtrian partners. “Those non-Maharashtrians who have bought land in the state in the past will now have to have Maharashtrian partners and stakeholders. The legislation should be applicable to all previous transactions as well.”

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