95 pc MNS workers have returned to Shiv Sena: Kadam

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Pune, Sep 22 (UNI) Leader of an Opposition in the Maharashtra legislative assembly Ramdas Kadam today said 95 per cent of Shiv Sainiks, who had joined Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, had returned to the party.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr Kadam said Ganesh Satpute, who was the MNS convenor of western Maharashtra, joined the Sena today.

When asked about Marathi Sign Board drive launched by MNS, he said, ''MNS has hijacked the concept from Shiv Sena. Our Party started this drive earlier and state Finance Minister Jayant Patil had also assured that it would be made compulsory soon.'' Coming down heavily on the Congress led state government, Mr Kadam said the present government has only made promises but never fulfilled them. ''This government has taken loan to the tune of Rs 1,58,000 crore, but there is no account where they spent the money,'' he said.

''During Shiv Sena government we had taken a loan of Rs 20,000 crore and had spent the amount at various projects like Krishna valley project and rural development,'' he said.

Mr Kadam, while supporting the ongoing agitation of farmers against Dow Chemical project near Chakan, where 150 acre of agricultural land was given for SEZ, blamed the UPA government for it. Regarding the announcements made during the recent cabinet meeting in Marathwada, Mr Kadam said it was just to misguide people.

He also alleged that there was huge corruption in the loan waiver package announced by UPA government.

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