Jalna (Maha): Senior Shiv Sena leader
Manohar Joshi on Wednesday sought to equate Anna Hazare and Sena
chief Bal Thackeray with legendary social reformer from
Maharashtra Jyotiba Phule.
Phule had worked for social causes and against
casteism. Hazare and Thackeray were working on the similar
lines, the former Chief Minister said here in central
Joshi was speaking after unveiling a statue of Phule
at Jalna Municipal Council (JMC).
The former Lok Sabha Speaker said there was a
misconception that Phule was against the Brahmins. The social
reformer was against people who exploited weaker sections of
Phule had worked for free and compulsory education to
all. He had also worked against superstition and religious
rituals, Joshi said.
RPI leader Ramdas Athavale, speaking on the occasion,
hinted at his party`s alliance with the Sena-BJP combine in
the next Assembly elections.
The Sena-BJP alliance will come to power in the state
in next polls scheduled in 2014, Athavale stated.