Uddhav takes on Chavan over Jaitapur plant issue

Uddhav Thackeray ridiculed CM Prithviraj Chavan who had reportedly said that the opposition to Jaitapur nuclear power plant was a result of false propaganda by outsiders and certain political parties.

Updated: Feb 27, 2011, 18:13 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav
Thackeray on Sunday ridiculed Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan who
had reportedly said that the opposition to Jaitapur nuclear
power plant was a result of false propaganda by outsiders and
certain political parties.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of `Marathi Day`
organised by Sena here, Uddhav said the locals were vehemently
opposed to the project. "They are of the view that the land is
their mother and mother`s worth cannot be calculated in
money."

"Chavan has to respect the local sentiments. If he does
not, Shiv Sena will stand by the locals and not allow the
project to come up," he warned.
Uddhav also took a dig at Chavan for his allegation that
"outsiders" were misleading the locals.

"The Chief Minister should remember that his party leader
(Sonia Gandhi) was of Italian-origin and if an imported leader
is OK for him, why can`t he deal with opposition of people
from within the country," he asked.

Referring to Industries Minister Narayan Rane not
allowing Sena MLA Rajen Salvi to speak at the meeting
yesterday, Uddhav wondered if it was democratic.

The Sena leader described the `Marathi Bhasha Diwas` as a
celebration of the language.
"People should stop worrying about the future of Marathi.
There is no threat to the language which will continue to
thrive for centuries to come due to its rich culture and
heritage," he said and criticised the government for allegedly
not organising any official programmes to mark the day.

He also released a book, `Asmita`, on how Marathi should
be used in government offices.

Uddhav said the Centre should accord the status of
"classical ("abhijaat") language" to Marathi, like Tamil.

"I will personally meet President Pratibha Patil and
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with this demand," he added.

Mumbai Mayor Shraddha Jadhav said Shiv Sena would "tear
up" the papers and documents in the functioning of the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation if they were not in
Marathi.

PTI