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Shiv Sena to adopt aggressive stance on Hindutva

Saturday 10 July 2004

MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s opposition Shiv Sena would aggressively follow the policy of Hindutva in order to woo non-Marathis in its fold, said a top leader of the party on Saturday.

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray announced this while inaugurating the party’s two-day ’strategy meeting’ in Aurangabad near here.

The meeting, being held at the Tapadiya Natyamandir, the divisional headquarters of the Marathwada region, will decide the Shiv Sena’a strategy for the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly elections scheduled for September.

The meeting assumes significance as the Shiv Sena suffered a setback in its traditional stronghold of Mumbai in the April-May Lok Sabha polls.

Said Narayan Rane, opposition leader in the assembly: "We will brief our office-bearers on how to take on the (ruling) Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine during the elections.

"Constituency-wise review and performance of legislators will be taken up by senior party leaders in the session."

According to Shiv Sena sources, "Office-bearers from each district will speak on the main problems in their areas and the political situation in the next season."

Among other speakers to address the meeting are Raj Thackeray and Economist Girish Vasudev, who will speak on ’State Economy — Aim And Fate’.

On June 22, during the National Executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held in Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray and Narayan Rane had met former prime minister Atal Biharai Vajpayee, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha L.K. Advani and BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu at a dinner to work out a strategy for the forthcoming assembly elections.

The BJP is an ally of the Shiv Sena.

See online : The Times of India

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in The Times of India, Saturday, July 10, 2004.

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