Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president
Uddhav Thackeray has said that he does not give importance to
the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, started by cousin Raj
Thackeray, and neither do the people.
"I don`t give much importance to MNS, neither do the
people...What matters at the end of the day is the work one
does, not what analysts say," Uddhav said, in an interview
with the New York Times.
He was responding to a query on analysts` view that
MNS is a rising party to watch for in the city and state,
given its strong showing in the recent elections.
Uddhav also said he was unaware of a recent book about
a slum near the international airport in Mumbai, "Behind the
Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo, which paints a very grim
picture of the lives of the poor in the city and their abuse
at the hands of corrupt politicians, policemen and others.
Asked if he had read the book and what he thought of
it, Uddhav said, "I haven?t heard of this book, and such books
are many for each and every city, however, there are better
books that paint a little more reality than such books about
the service provided by the governmental organisations to each
and every person in the city.
"Governments don`t go by such irrelevant books, they
go by hard work and service," Uddhav said.