Will quit as Sena chief if bribery charge proved: Thackeray
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Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011, 22:10
Mumbai: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Friday said he would quit as chief of the party he founded four decades ago, if Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane's charge that the Sena was approached by 11 corporate houses with an offer of Rs 500 crore to scuttle the Jaitapur Nuclear Power project is proved.

"I will quit as Sena chief if the allegations are proved," 83-year old Thackeray said in a statement released by Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' here.

"If the allegations cannot be substantiated, Rane should quit the ministry," he said.

The Sena chief also came down heavily on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over the latter's tacit support to Rane on the issue.

"Chavan is the most 'brainless' and inefficient chief minister so far," Thackeray said.

The Sena chief's son and party executive president Uddhav Thackeray also joined in, saying Chavan is the "weakest CM so far and one who tells blatant lies."

Recently, Bal Thackeray had flayed Rane, saying "Was Rane counting the money that the Sena was offered Rs 500 crore to oppose the Jaitapur (nuclear) power plant?"

"People who know Rane, won't find the allegations surprising. The same person had alleged that some Congress leaders had a connection with Pakistani terrorists after 26/11 Mumbai attacks," Thackeray had said in an editorial of the party mouthpiece Saamna.

Rane had charged in the state Assembly that 11 corporate houses had approached a "particular political party" so as to put spanner in the Jaitapur plant, fearing they would have to lower power tariffs being supplied by them if the project saw the light of the day.

"According to our information, that political party is the Shiv Sena," Rane had said.

Uddhav Thackeray recently visited Jaitapur and met the family members of Tavrez Sayekar who was killed in police firing during the violent protests against the project.


First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 22:10

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