Thackeray maintains demand for class III, IV railway jobs

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Mumbai, Oct 22 (UNI) Even as his estranged nephew and MNS chief Raj Thackeray spent a night in police custody for the violence unleashed by his workers against north Indians in the railway recruitment examination on Sunday, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray maintained that the class III and IV level jobs in railways should be given to local people.

In an editorial that appeared in the Party mouthpiece ''Saamna'' today, Mr Thackeray wondered why the locals were not preferred for these jobs.

Referring to Raj, he merely said that his nephew was arrested for the second time, but such arrests and release are bound to happen in politics.

He described Raj's party flag as multi-coloured and said these flags were eclipsed by the saffron flag of Shiv Sena.

Shiv Sena had always organised agitations for giving priority to Marathi youths in jobs, and on Sunday it went upto the railway recruitment boards examination centres demanding priority to locals, he added.

He criticised Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav for demanding ban on Shiv Sena and said the agitation was for giving the jobs to local.

All the states in the country should preserve their regional aspirations to achieve their rights. He gave the example of Tamil Nadu politicians, who came together for the sake of 'Tamil' as Sri Lankan government started action against LTTE and even DMK did not forget to warn Centre of withdrawal of the support on this issue, Mr Thackeray added.

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