Sena will carry on its battle for Marathi Manoos: Thackeray

Mumbai:Lashing out at a section of the media for `creating misunderstanding` about his party in the eyes of Marathi speaking people, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today asserted that the outfit has always carried out its struggle for the cause of `Marathi Manoos`.

"Shiv Sena always struggled for the cause of the Marathi Manoos but a section of media always targetted the Sena," Thackeray said in party mouthpiece `Saamana` today.

He however said that "no matter how much they are criticised but to benefit `Marathi Manoos` and Maharashtra, Sena will carry on its battle."

Reiterating that Sena never opposed to the renaming of Marathwada University after B R Ambedkar, Thackeray said that by considering the historical importance he directed that the name Marathawada should be retained.

He also said that "Dalit leader R S Gavai and NCP leader and Union Minister Sharad Pawar are witness to the development."

Thackeray urged the two leaders to clarify the issue.

Spelling out his stand on the womens` reservation issue, Thackeray said the government must make it mandatory for political parties to reserve half of the total number of seats they contest for women.

Speaking on caste-based womens` reservation, he said if a party does not find a suitable women candidate belonging to a particular caste then it will have to suffer politically in that particular ward.