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Shiv Sena Chief Wants Thakre To Speak On Fund Raising Footage

Mumbai, Oct 15: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today sought an explanation from Maharashtra Congress President Manikrao Thakre on the video in which the MPCC chief was seen speaking to a former minister over collection
PTI October 15, 2010 17:51 IST
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Mumbai, Oct 15: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today sought an explanation from Maharashtra Congress President Manikrao Thakre on the video in which the MPCC chief was seen speaking to a former minister over collection of funds for Sonia Gandhi's rally at Sevagram.

"Now it is out that Congress leaders have to give money to Delhi. Manikrao should openly speak about who gives money and to whom in Delhi," Thackeray said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

The video, which was telecast by TV channels yesterday, showed Thakre speaking with former minister Satish Chaturvedi about fund collection from Congress ministers, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, for the rally to be addressed by Congress chief today.

Commenting on Congress leader Digvijay Singh refuting any such fund collection, Thackeray said, "Nothing is possible without sending money to Delhi. Digvijay Singh is active in Delhi politics, so who else would know better about such things."

Thackeray reminded Singh about state Revenue Minister Narayan Rane's allegations against certain Congress leaders over fund collections two years back.

"Mumbai Congress President Kripashankar Singh allegedly collected money in Madhu Koda case. Despite this, many leaders like Kripashankar are holding prestigious posts in the party," he said.

The Sena chief alleged Congress ministers "sold" Mumbai to builders by changing rules for sending funds to Delhi. PTI