He does not oppose demand for separate state of Vidarbha but wants public opinion should be taken in this regard
While asserting one ward one corporator in municipal corporations, Raj Thackeray, Founder President of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), said that his party would contest corporation and other local self bodies elections on its own strength in Vidarbha.
Addressing a press conference at Ravi Bhavan here on Monday, Thackeray said, the ruling party leaders after coming to power try to bring Prabhag system, which is dangerous to democracy. He advocated for one ward one corporator system as the citizens can hold responsible a particular representative for not solving their problems or achieving development.
At present, MNS has not made any alliance with any other political party, he said adding that it would fight the local self bodies elections on its own in Vidarbha. He expressed his confidence that the party candidates would emerge as victorious in the elections.
Thackeray mentioned that he was on Vidarbha tour to strengthen his party in this region. He dissolved the existing body in Vidarbha and would declare a new body at Mumbai after Ghatstapna. He said that he would again visit this region after Navratri festival for making the organisation strong by paying special attention towards pressing problems like farmers suicides, unemployment etc. He also discussed this issue with office-bearers and active workers here on Sunday.
To a question about formation of separate state of Vidarbha, Thackeray replied that he did not oppose separate state of Vidarbha but wanted that public opinion from this region should be taken. He would respect the majority for or against the demand. Though he does not oppose the demand he expressed the view that Maharashtra could achieve vast progress as a state.
As for shifting of Vedanta group plant from Maharashtra to Gujrat, the chief of MNS criticised leaders for not being serious about bringing big plants by providing necessary facilities as is done by other states. He also criticised Mahavikas Aghadi Government with leaders of three political parties failed to achieve the expected development during two-an-half years period.