`Thackeray must be sad seeing face-off between Uddhav, Raj`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 19:34
Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has said that octogenarian Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray must be a sad man to witness a face off between his son Uddhav Thackeray and estranged nephew Raj Thackeray.

Bhujbal, a former Shiv Sena leader and a close aide of the Sena patriarch, who switched sides in the early 1990s, lamented the manner in which both the cousins were heaping scorn against each other in the last few days but said, "I would not like to comment on this because it is their internal matter".

He said the fight between Uddhav, the party executive president of Sena and MNS chief Raj had left the "Marathi Manoos" divided.

He rejected the charge of dynasty politics saying that relatives of established politicians have to prove themselves after the electorate endorses them at the ballot box.

Bhujbal's son Pankaj is the NCP candidate in Nandgaon assembly constituency while nephew Samir is the party MP from Nashik.

Speaking about the rebels in fray, Bhujbal said rebellion is common during elections and was a healthy sign of democracy.

"The Shiv Sena-BJP like to call themselves a cadre based outfit and even they have been affected by rebellion," he said. On the issue of chief ministership if the Congress-NCP coalition was voted to power, Bhujbal said, "Our aim is to get maximum number of seats for both the parties.

"The issue of chief ministership will be decided after elections," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 19:34

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