Not aware of any proposal to form alliance with Sena, BJP: Raj

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray on Friday said he was not aware of any talks about forming an alliance with main opposition parties, Shiv Sena and BJP.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 21:02 PM IST

Nagpur: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
president Raj Thackeray on Friday said he was not aware of any
talks about forming an alliance with main opposition parties,
Shiv Sena and BJP.

"I am not aware of what stories are doing rounds about
the alliance...at least I should have been consulted first,"
Raj, who is here in connection with a court case, said.
Prominent BJP leaders from the state, Gopinath Munde and
party president Nitin Gadkari, have indicated that they are
willing to have a tie-up with MNS, but Shiv Sena, Raj`s former
party, has dismissed the idea offhand.

Raj said neither he nor his party had taken any stand on
the issue.

He said he was concentrating on forthcoming Municipal
elections, at present.

However, Raj hit out at Sena without naming it.
"Opposition has virtually surrendered," Raj said, adding it
seemed it had been `managed` by the ruling alliance.

Thackeray said state government should learn a lesson
from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on governance.
As a part of preparations for forthcoming municipal
polls, an MNS team will visit Marathwada in the first week of
March and meet a cross-section of people, like teachers
editors, social workers, etc, to gauge the mood. Later it will
visit Vidarbha.

PTI