‘Raj was not eyeing Gujarati votes on his visit’

MNS chief Raj Thackeray`s recent visit to Gujarat was not aimed at garnering votes for the upcoming BMC elections, party leader Bala Nandagaonkar said here on Tuesday.

Updated: Sep 06, 2011, 14:09 PM IST

Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray`s recent
visit to Gujarat was not aimed at garnering votes for the
upcoming BMC elections, but at taking a leaf out of the
development works in the neighbouring state, party leader Bala
Nandagaonkar said here on Tuesday.

"It’s not like that (not to garner Gujarati votes). The
visit to Gujarat last month was planned. There were some
problems in co-ordination between Narendra Modi and the MNS
chief due to which it (tour) was pending since so many days.
The tour was not fixed in the view of the BMC elections. After
the BMC elections are over, we will again tour Gujarat,"
Nandgaonkar said.

Praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for
developmental works in his state Nandgaonkar said,
"Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed on the same day. But they
have gone ahead and we are going backwards. How they made
progress, the MNS chief went to see. Modi has done good work."

Nandgaonkar, who is also the MNS group leader in the
State Legislative Assembly, took a dig at the ruling Shiv
Sena-BJP alliance in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
(BMC).

"People in Mumbai brought the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance to
power in the BMC. But after 20 years with what face they will
go to the people to bring them back in power," he asked.

On the expenditure incurred on filling potholes, which
has received criticism from several quarters especially from
the public Ganesh Mandals Nandgaonkar said, "crores of rupees
are spent on machines, however they are not used to fill the
potholes."

PTI