Mumbai can`t be separated from Maha: Thackeray
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 13:30
  
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Friday said that the Mumbai civic poll results have shown that the city cannot be separated from Maharashtra.

"The results in Mumbai and Thane (won by Sena-BJP combine) show that Mumbai cannot be separated from Maharashtra," he said in a statement published in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

"I don't have words to thank the voters. There were attempts to encircle us, both from those from our home and outside," he said in an apparent reference to his estranged nephew Raj Thackeray and political opponents.

The Sena chief also lambasted a "section of media", who he said, were maligning the party's image through defamatory articles at the behest of some leaders.

In an editorial in a Marathi newspaper, Thackeray also targeted Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over his comments that Shiv Sena would be rendered "inconsequential" after the polls.

"Where is Chavan now? Now, he is hiding his face...Nobody was successful in removing the 'saffron flag' from Mumbai and Thane corporations," he said.

Overcoming anti-incumbency factor and stiff challenge from Raj Thackeray-led MNS, the saffron combine has retained power in the prestigious Mumbai civic body and neighbouring Thane Municipal Corporation polls.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 13:30


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