Raj denies giving any time-frame to traders

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Mumbai, Aug 31 (UNI) Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray today sought to clarify that he had not given any time-frame to shopkeepers and owners of other commercial establishments, on the issue of Marathi signboards.

Mr Thackeray, who called off his agitation regarding the Marathi signboard issue on August 28 after the Bombay High Court restrained him and his party workers, said in a statement issued here that no time-frame was given to the shopkeepers to put their signboards in Marathi language and would also not be given in future.

Mr Thackeray said after he called the stir off, some traders' organisations' representatives had met him and there was news in the media that they had sought three-four months extension for putting their signboards in Marathi, however, he would like to clarify that he had not given any time-frame.

Mr Thackeray has claimed that only after his party raised the issue, the state government and others woke up and Marathi signboards were being seen in every city of the state. This was first time, such a thing was happening so he asked his supporters to remain calm and added that he was keeping an eye over what Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the government were doing regarding the issue and then only he would decide his party's future course of action, the statement said.

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