MNS vice-president battles 'anti-party' charges levelled on his book
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) vice-president Vageesh Sarswat's recently released Hindi book Tarkash Ke Teer has raised a few eyebrows, as it allegedly criticises the MNS's anti-North Indian stand in 2008.
However, Sarswat is quick to deny this allegation and has claimed the book is a compilation of his satirical articles published in a Hindi daily over the last three years. "I have not written anything that goes against my party. Whatever has been written has come after careful thinking, and there is nothing against the MNS," said Sarswat. Sarswat released his book on Sunday in the presence of many writers, intellectuals and journalists from the Hindi literary world. In one of the chapters of the book, he has talked about a small tea-stall owner from Uttar Pradesh, who suffered the brunt of the Bhaiyya Bhagao campaign in 2008 but did not leave Mumbai as the city was his only home. This rampage became the centerpoint of discussion at the book-launch.
"I had sent my book to Raj Thackeray a month before its release, and he had no objection to the content. So, I do not understand why others are talking about it. If he (Raj) has any objection to it, he will let me know personally," said Sarswat, whose first book was released by Thackeray. He's from Uttar Pradesh and is one of Thackeray's closest associates. Senior MNS leaders refused to comment.
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