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No Ambition Of Becoming CM, Says Uddhav Thackeray

PTI 29 Sep 2009, 5:15:04 AM IST
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Ending the decade long Congress-NCP "misrule" is more important than pursuing personal ambitions like being the Chief Minister, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has said. Thackeray (49) was responding to a question on whether he was the Sena-BJP''s choice for Chief Minister if the saffron combine comes back to power.

"I don''t have personal ambitions. An issue like being Chief Minister is very small when compared to the hardships faced by people during the Congress-NCP misrule which I discovered during my various tours across the state," Thackeray said.

He said the saffron alliance will review several "anti-people" decisions of the Congress-NCP coalition if voted to power. Giving an example of an "anti people" decision he said, "The airstrip in Gondia was constructed after acquiring agricultural land of farmers and they were not compensated at all.

" Gondia is the home district of Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel. When asked about rebels in fray, hackeray said voters will not entertain them.

"People want to vote out the incumbent government and will support the Sena-BJP. Voters have realised that the ruling coalition partners don''t fulfil promises," he said. .

Uddhav Thackeray said, ending the decade long Congress-Nationalist Congress party 'misrule' was more important than pursuing personal ambitions like becoming the chief minister. 

Thackeray, 49, was responding to a question on whether he was the Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party's choice for chief minister if the saffron combine comes back to power.

"I don't have personal ambitions. An issue like becoming the chief minister is very small when compared to the hardships faced by the people during the Congress-NCP misrule which I discovered during my various tours across the state," Thackeray said. 

He said the saffron alliance will review several 'anti-people' decisions of the Congress-NCP coalition if voted to power. 

Citing the example of an 'anti people' decision, he said, "The airstrip in Gondia was constructed after acquiring the agricultural land of farmers and they were not compensated at all." Gondia is the home district of Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel.  

When asked about rebels in the fray, Thackeray said voters will not entertain them. "People want to vote out the incumbent government and will support the Sena-BJP. Voters have realised that the ruling coalition partners don't fulfil promises," he said.

"They (Congress-NCP) promised a life-size statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian sea. They forgot about it after coming back to power in 2004 and now they have remembered their promise once again. They only know how  to play with the emotions of the voters," Thackeray said.