Shiv Sena blames MNS for splitting Marathi votes

May 16th, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, May 16 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Saturday blamed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for dividing Marathi votes on regional lines.

“The MNS tried to divide people on regional lines. The party has divided the Marathi votes,” Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote said.

Raote, however, claimed that his party was a hit in urban areas.

“We have not suffered a setback. We are in second place. We took a hit in urban areas,” Raote added.

Meanwhile, responding to the Sena criticism, MNS General Secretary Nitin Sardesai said the Marathi people have voted for his party in large numbers.

“This is a victory of the ideology of the MNS. People have voted for us in large numbers, with youth and women being our major supporters,” Sardesai said.

Sardesai further said the Marathi people have abandoned the Shiv Sena because it was not firm on the ‘outsiders’ issue.

“The Shiv Sena should do introspection. The Marathi manoos plank, initiated by the Sena, was later abandoned by it but the MNS was firm on issue,” he added. (ANI)

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