Not aware of any proposal to form alliance with Sena, BJP: Raj

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Nagpur, Feb 25 ((PTI) Maharashtra Navnirman Senapresident Raj Thackeray today said he was not aware of anytalks about forming an alliance with main opposition parties,Shiv Sena and BJP.

"I am not aware of what stories are doing rounds aboutthe alliance...at least I should have been consulted first,"Raj, who is here in connection with a court case, said.

Prominent BJP leaders from the state, Gopinath Munde andparty president Nitin Gadkari, have indicated that they arewilling to have a tie-up with MNS, but Shiv Sena, Raj''s formerparty, has dismissed the idea offhand.

Raj said neither he nor his party had taken any stand onthe issue.

He said he was concentrating on forthcoming Municipalelections, at present.

However, Raj hit out at Sena without naming it.

"Opposition has virtually surrendered," Raj said, adding itseemed it had been managed'' by the ruling alliance.

Thackeray said state government should learn a lessonfrom Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on governance.

As a part of preparations for forthcoming municipalpolls, an MNS team will visit Marathwada in the first week ofMarch and meet a cross-section of people, like teacherseditors, social workers, etc, to gauge the mood. Later it willvisit Vidarbha.

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