On the eve MCGM elections, estranged cousins Uddhav and Raj come together in support of mills workers

They might be bitter enemies despite being cousins, but both are toeing the same line on one issue. The city’s textile workers seem to have brought the estranged Thackeray cousins on a common take over their issue. The issue might also bring the duo together for a morcha scheduled in the last week of July.

An issue that has been grabbing headlines recently is how the textile mills workers’ issue seems to have compelled estranged cousins Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray to not only speak the same language but might also bring them together to participate in a morcha. This will be the first time that Uddhav and Raj Thackeray will be seen together since Raj Thackeray left the party to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. Both Uddhav and Raj have agreed to join the morcha to highlight the demand for accommodation of the dispossessed mill hands. Speaking to the media after meeting a delegation of mill workers’ association, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said that textile mill workers who lost jobs after the long strikes in the 1980s should get houses at the earliest. He said that the Shiv Sena and mill workers share a bond for long.

On the other hand, speaking to reporters after a delegation of mill workers met him at his residence here, MNS Chief Raj Thackeray said that he along with his party MLAs, office-bearers and workers will participate in a morcha organized by the mill workers on July 27 to highlight their demands.

While many say that the textile mill issue has brought the estranged cousins together, fact is that there is little choice that Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray have ahead of MCGM elections. Both the leaders know that it is crucial to participate in the morcha of mill workers to woo the mill workers who form a majority Marathi vote bank. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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