Raj, Uddhav Thackeray to walk together

The estranged Thackeray cousins -- Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and MNS president Raj Thackeray -- are going to walk together in a march for the cause of out-of-job textile mill workers here.

Mumbai: The estranged Thackeray cousins --
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and MNS
president Raj Thackeray -- are going to walk together in a
march for the cause of out-of-job textile mill workers here.

Several associations of textile industry workers,
thousands of whom became jobless after prolonged strikes in
early 1990s and afterwards, have organised a protest
march(morcha) on July 28 to press for demands of
rehabilitation.

"From the very beginning, Shiv Sena has been fighting for
the cause of mill-workers, and this time too I will
participate in the morcha," Uddhav told reporters after
visiting buildings constructed for mill-workers at Byculla.

The march would start from Veermata Jeejabai garden and
conclude at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai.

Raj Thackeray, who quit Sena some years ago to found his
own party, had said last week that he would participate in the
march.

Asked if the leaders of Sena`s ally parties (BJP and RPI)
would also participate, Uddhav said he did not know.

The Sena executive president expressed satisfaction about
the buildings constructed for the former mill-workers, but
said that more land should be allotted for their housing, and
houses should be given free, as jobless workers could not
afford to pay up even Rs 10-12 lakh.

"Government has been making various policies (on housing)
... a similar policy should be formulated for the mill
workers," he added.

PTI

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