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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Sena leader equates Hazare, Thackeray with Phule

Jalna (Maha): Senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi on Wednesday sought to equate Anna Hazare and Sena chief Bal Thackeray with legendary social reformer from Maharashtra Jyotiba Phule.

Phule had worked for social causes and against casteism. Hazare and Thackeray were working on the similar lines, the former Chief Minister said here in central Maharashtra.

Joshi was speaking after unveiling a statue of Phule at Jalna Municipal Council (JMC).

The former Lok Sabha Speaker said there was a misconception that Phule was against the Brahmins. The social reformer was against people who exploited weaker sections of the society.

Phule had worked for free and compulsory education to all. He had also worked against superstition and religious rituals, Joshi said.

RPI leader Ramdas Athavale, speaking on the occasion, hinted at his party's alliance with the Sena-BJP combine in the next Assembly elections.

The Sena-BJP alliance will come to power in the state in next polls scheduled in 2014, Athavale stated.


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