Thackeray slams Cong's mill stand
TNN | Jan 3, 2012, 12.53AM IST
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has urged the dalits in Mumbai
not to get carried away by the state's plan to give all the 12.5 acres
of the now-defunct Indu Mills for the B R Ambedkar memorial.
In a statement, Thackeray said the state Congress was using the
Ambedkar memorial to get dalit votes in the coming BMC polls.
"The Congress is keen on getting the dalit votes in the civic
elections. Be alert and don't believe the hollow promises of the
Congress," the Sena chief said.
The Congress-NCP combine has pulled out all the stops to woo dalit
voters following the Sena-BJP combine's electoral pact with the Ramdas
Athavale-led RPI. The memorial issue gathered momentum hot on the
heels of the tie. The stir for the entire mill land for the memorial
has been cleverly exploited by the Congress-NCP to make a dent in the
dalit vote bank, say political observers.
The Sena is upset with the Congress' attempt to wean away dalit votes
from the saffron combine. And hence, Thackeray's statement urging
dalits not to trust the state on the memorial issue. He also slammed
the Congress for offering sops to Muslims and mill workers in the
run-up to civic elections.
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