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Jan 30, 2013 at 11:51am IST

Uddhav's comment on Raj Thackeray is Shiv Sena's vision, says Sanjay Raut

Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's recent statements to join hands with cousin Raj Thackeray is the direction ahead for the party says party spokesperson Sanjay Raut. Raut added that Uddhav wants a change in Maharashtra. "The interview in Saamna is not only an interview, its the direction of the party. Uddhav wants to go on Bal Thackeray's principles," said Raut.

Meanwhile, Raut clarified that he posed a question as a reporter to Uddhav and asked him that people want to know if Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) would come together. However, the party spokesperson refused to further comment or explain further about the interview. "It is better to ask both of them about coming together. Uddhav's answer in black and white and I should not comment on it," said Raut.

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Raut also asserted that Uddhav wants Shiv Sena to become stronger in Maharashtra and also said that there is no mention of differences between the MNS and the Shiv Sena in the whole interview.

The Shiv Sena president, in an interview to party mouthpiece Saamna, hinted at the possibility of a reconciliation with his cousin Raj Thackeray. In the interview, Uddhav did not dismiss the possibility of coming together to avoid the splitting of the Marathi vote. These speculations come in the wake of preparations for the 2014 elections.

Raj Thackeray had split from the party in 2006 to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The split came after Uddhav was asked to lead the party following the late Bal Thackeray's retirement from active politics.