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Thackeray promises carrot to sulking Raj
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, November 30
Efforts by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and son Uddhav to woo the rebellious Raj Thackeray continued for the third day today.

Even as several Shiv Sena MLAs lined up outside Raj Thackeray’ s residence to plead with him, Uddhav Thackeray called in the media to reiterate his ‘brotherly’ relations with his cousin.

“The doors of my house are always open for Raj. He can come in anytime and if he doesn’t want to talk to me, he can discuss his problems with Balasaheb.

I am willing to accept whatever Balasaheb decides. Let Raj come up with a formula,” Uddhav told reporters.

The elder Thackeray had told party mouthpiece Saamna that he had brought up Raj like a son, letting him play on his lap. “Raj will come when I call him and he will listen only to me,” Bal Thackeray told concerned MLAs, who rushed to his residence late last night.

Earlier today, the Shiv Sena’s Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Ramdas Kadam rushed to meet Raj Thackeray along with 34 MLAs to bring about a reconciliation between him and Uddhav Thackeray.

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray himself displayed his strength by getting hundreds of party workers to assemble outside his residence.

He, however, told reporters that it was not a show of strength to intimidate his estranged cousin. “I have no strength of my own.

This is the strength of the Shiv Sena and Bal Thackeray. I have never tried to build separate force of my own,” Uddhav said.

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray also met the party’s corporators in the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane civic bodies amidst reports that several of them were prepared to resign to show their support to Raj Thackeray.

The Thackerays have been calling all party’s office-bearers across the state to assess where the loyalties of the rank and file lay.


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