Shiv Sena paid Rs 5 crore to each MNS defector, says Raj Thackeray

Accusing the Shiv Sena of “purchasing” six of his corporators in the BMC for Rs5 crore each, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday slammed his cousin Uddhav Thackeray and his associates for their “neech” (lowly) politics. Raj said he would never forget the Sena’s intrigue and would “show them” (the Sena) in future how he had not forgotten it.

Addressing the media for the first time after six out of his seven corporators on Friday defected to the Sena, Raj said he had learned about their intentions about a month ago. “Dilip Lande (MNS group leader in BMC who was one of the defectors) was made ward committee chairman in the BMC without any opposition. How was that possible? These corporators have been purchased, and it is being said Rs5 crore was given to each one of them. This means almost a deal of Rs30 crore. But if these people (the corporators) had put themselves out for sale in the market, what could anyone do?

Their minds were anyway corrupted,” he said. Raj said many stories were spread that he himself had asked his party’s corporators to join Sena. “On social media rumours are being spread that I sent these six people to the Sena. But if I had wanted to, I’d have sent all seven, why only six?” asked Raj.

Referring to his exit from the Shiv Sena in 2005, he said he had decided to move out because of Uddhav’s “neech” politics. “When I left the Sena, I met Balasaheb and informed him about it and moved out. At that time, I had not even thought of forming my own party . But when I decided to form MNS, many MLAs and corporators (from Sena) wanted to join me.I made it clear to them I did not want to break any party and form my own,” he said.

Raj said Bal Thackeray had never taught him such politics.”Many Sainiks called me up, and one Sena corporator said the Sena never gave them two rupees but was giving Rs5crore in order to take in people from other parties,” Raj added.