Mumbai: Hitting out at Maharashtra Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Shiv Sena executive president
Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said that he pitied him.
"I feel pity for him. It is unfortunate that he is the
CM of the state," Uddhav said.
Chavan had yesterday said that Sena patriarch Bal
Thackeray will become inconsequential after the February 16
Mumbai civic polls.
Mentioning "piles of pending files" with the Chief
Minister, Uddhav slammed Chavan over Indu Mill land issue.
"He only talks, but does nothing. They had said that by
January 31, 2012 the land will be allotted for construction of
(Dr BR Ambedkar`s) memorial, but nothing has happened yet,"
Uddhav said, after releasing the joint manifesto of Shiv
Sena-BJP-RPI alliance here.
State BJP president Sudhir Mungantiwar, Republican Party
of India chief Ramdas Athawale, Dalit Panther leader Namdeo
Dhasal, and senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde were present.
Uddhav expressed confidence that Sena-BJP`s rule in the
Mumbai corporation would continue.
Among other things, Sena-BJP-RPI alliance is resorting to
appeal to Marathi vote. Senior Sena leader Subhash Desai said
that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation would build
Maharashtra Bhawan "to conserve the Marathi pride".
Mungantiwar said that Congress-NCP manifesto had nothing
new. "They can use the same manifesto in 2014 assembly
polls," he quipped.
An inspection committee would be set up to monitor the
works done by the BMC, he said.
However, the assurance on abolition of octroi, for which
BJP was pressing hard, could not be included in the manifesto
as there was no alternative source of revenue, Uddhav said.
"Octroi is an important source of revenue and it cannot be