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Raj warns Mete, Khedekar against opposing Purandare

Raj warns Mete, Khedekar against opposing Purandare

Author: Correspondent
Publication: Sakaaltimes.com
Date: May 28, 2009
URL: http://www.sakaaltimes.com/2009/05/28224502/Raj-warns-Mete-Khedekar-again.html

Following opposition from Maratha bodies for the selection of Babasaheb Purandare, as the chief consultant for Shivaji's memorial, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray warned them of dire consequences if they tried to use abusive language for octogenerian man who sculpted the legend of the Maratha warrior for Maharashtra.

Objecting to the 'abusive language' used by NCP leader Vinayak Mete and Khedekar against Purandare, Raj said "innumerable hands would be raised in Maharashtra in defence of those who dare attack Purandare."

"Maratha leaders like Purushottam Khedekar and Vinayak Mete should remember that their opposition to Purandare, who is well-known throughout the state for popularising the Maratha warrior king's legend among masses, will not go unopposed," Raj said in a statement here.

The MNS chief's comments came after Khedekar, a former state government employee, announced of strong reprisal across the state if Purandare was not removed from the panel. Maratha leader Vinayak Mete too echoed similar opposition.

"Maratha leaders are trying to divide Maharashtra on caste basis and that is why they oppose appointment of Purandare, a Brahmin," Raj said.

A 309 feet high statue has been proposed off Marine Drive and is slated to be on the line of the Statue of Liberty.

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