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Ruckus at garden launch as Cong objects to Uddhav’s presence

Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, (PTI) Inauguration of a civic garden at Matunga in north Mumbai today witnessed commotion, when local Congress leaders questioned Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s presence in the ceremony.

Thackeray had been invited to inaugurate a reconstructed portion of ‘Five Gardens’ in Matunga. The garden is developed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is ruled by the Shiv Sena.

During the inauguration ceremony, local Congress leaders questioned why the Sena chief had been invited for the function claiming that the development of the garden was done by the Congress.

Congress corporator Nayana Sheth, who was present at the event said, “When the work of this garden has been done by us, why should you (Thackeray) be inaugurating it?”

“Balasaheb (Thackeray) used to say that the credit for development work should be given to local corporators. So you should not be inaugurating the garden and taking credit for the work,” she said.

Responding to this, the Shiv Sena chief said he was not there to seek credit.

“I am not interested in taking credit for the work done here. This is irrelevant. What’s important is that development has been done. Development should be our motto,” Thackeray said.

Meanwhile, responding to a query on whether Sena will join the BJP government, Thackeray said, “We have not taken any decision on power sharing as yet.”

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