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Old 10-Feb-2010
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The Shiv Sena is asking MNS chief Raj Thackeray some uncomfortable questions, after Matoshree Builders, a company controlled by the MNS chief, demolished an old chawl at Parel, a Shiv Sena bastion, and started construction of a tower here.

Sena area chief Ajay Choudhary has put banners and hoardings sarcastically requesting the MNS chief to make sure all artisans, architects and other workers at this site are 'Marathi Manoos' and the buyers of these posh flats are also 'Marathi Manoos'.

The banners are to remind Raj Thackeray of his demand that those who speak Marathi and are born in Maharashtra should be given priority for jobs in the state. While raising these issues, the area chief questions the MNS if it will stick to these demands while constructing this tower.

Parel has a special place in the history of Shiv Sena; it was here the party grew rapidly since it was dominated by textile mills and most of the population consisted of Marathi manoos. It was this area in Mumbai that helped the Shiv Sena end the Left parties’ domination over trade unions.

Raj Thackeray, after breaking away from Shiv Sena and forming his own party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS, has targeted this area to marginalize rival Uddhav Thackeray.

A senior Shiv Sena leader has told MTonline that a similar strategy would be used wherever Matoshree Builders began construction of towers in Mumbai.

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