MNS plans `Hatt Puja’ to counter Bihar’s Chhath Puja

May 20th, 2008 - 7:43 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Raj Thackeray

Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will start a 364-day ‘Hatt Puja’ (Determination prayer) campaign June 14. This move, which is to begin on the birthday of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, is to `oppose’ Bihar’s one-day ‘Chhath Puja’ festival.

Haji Arafat Sheikh, party vice president, said: “They can perform Chhath Puja for one day and the remaining days we will conduct Hatt Puja. Through this campaign we will get justice for Maharashtra.”

Letters, to be sent to government officials, say: “How is that ‘outsiders’ set up stalls, steal electricity from street poles, encroach on our roads and cause problems to honest tax-paying citizens, and yet no action is taken against them?”

Despite repeated attempts, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Maharashtra spokesperson was not available for comment.

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