Raj Thackeray rules out MNS-BJP merger, backs Narendra Modi as PM

Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 18:42

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray has reaffirmed his support to BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and ruled out any merger between the two parties.

Days after being snubbed by BJP chief Rajnath Singh for his “unsolicited” support to Modi in the post-poll scenario, the MNS chief was quoted as saying, “My support was for BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and not the saffron party.”

"MNS is not a party like the ones in UP and Bihar, which the BJP chief should remember," Raj said while taking a dig at BJP chief Rajnath Singh and added that he had only appreciated the good work done by Modi.

He said that in 2011 he had also stated that Modi should become the Prime Minister of the country and that he stood by his word even now.

Raj said this last night while addressing an election meeting for MNS candidate from Thane Abhijit Phanse.
"Tomorrow even if the BJP comes to power at the Centre, we will not take and will not ask for any berth in the Cabinet," the MNS chief said.

On the occasion, Raj also said that his party will strive to get national recognition for Marathi language in the country.

He criticised the Naik family for "gharaneshai" (dynasty) whose members were holding all important positions leaving no space for others.

Raj also condemned the recent ink attack on noted historian Babasaheb Purandare in the state.

On the occasion, he said that their agitation against toll fee was presently suspended due to the elections and once the polls end, they will renew the protest.

He also said that the present MPs and candidates do not know what work was to be done by an MP and what work comes under the domain of a civic body.



First Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 17:54

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