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Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray yesterday said that his party would come to power in the state without allying with anyone — an indication that he would not tie up with his cousin and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
Addressing party workers and other functionaries at the party’s seventh anniversary function, Thackeray said: “We will come to power on our own. The party will capture power in the state on its own strength” He hinted that his party will not join either of the Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI or Congress-NCP alliances in the state.
While addressing a rally in Kolhapur last month, Thackeray had said that he had no intention of “forming an alliance with any other party”, after his cousin and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray had hinted at a reconciliation. Reacting to news in a regional language paper few days ago, Uddhav had said: “One cannot clap with a single hand. Can you?” with regard to Raj’s refusal to chart an alliance.
Referring to Uddhav’s remark, Raj said that he responded to that clap with a “tata”. Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the Tata Group, on Friday visited Raj at the latter’s Shivaji Park residence. IANS