Sena stakes claim to Thane, Kalyan Lok Sabha seats

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Thane, Sep 1 (UNI) With less than a year to go for the general elections with the new delimited Lok Sabha seats, senior Shiv Sena leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi declared that his party would contest both the Thane and Kalyan Lok Sabha seats.

Mr Joshi announced this while addressing a party workers' rally at Kalyan here today, putting his party's political partner BJP in a tight spot.

In a similar fashion, the Shiv Sena took away the Thane Lok Sabha seat from the BJP whose MP Ram Kapse was representing the constituency.

Till recently, the Thane Lok Sabha constituency was the second largest in the country with more than 52 lakh voters. Now after the delimitation, the district has been divided into four Lok Sabha and 24 Assembly segments. Whereas earlier there were only two Lok Sabha and 13 Assembly segments in it.

In his speech Mr Joshi, who along with Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackery has been showing keen interest in the constituency, said in these two Lok Sabha constituencies only Shiv Sena would contest and he was confident of victory.

The 'Vachanama' manifesto of the party would be based on Hindutva, he stressed saying that the Shiv Sena was fighting for the cause of the Marathi 'manoos'.

He also said the Sena was against the policy of benefits being given to the minority community members but it was never against members of the minority community.

He asked the 'sainiks' to approach the voters after doing a through home work and put forth the failures of the Congress-NCP government and the ''good work'' done by Sena-BJP governemnt in the state.

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