Amid floods in Western Maharashtra, Raj Thackeray seeks postponement of assembly elections

In the meantime, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray slammed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief saying, "I don't understand how can one think of elections in such a critical situation."

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had demanded on Saturday that due to the floods in western Maharashtra, the Assembly Elections that are to be held in October 2019, must be postponed. Therefore, he has asked the Election Commission to intervene and take necessary steps to postpone the elections.

Thackeray said that he will write to the poll panel explaining how the situation in western Maharashtra cannot be brought back to normal by October 2019. He also added that the Code of Conduct will be implemented across the state by September which will cause inconvenience in the rescue work.

In the meantime, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray called out his cousin for his comments regarding the postponement of elections. He said, "I don't understand how can one think of elections in such a critical situation."

The Sena chief was busy flagging off his party's vehicles that were carrying relief material to some areas of flood-stricken western Maharashtra and Konkan region. He stated that the issue of flooding must not be politicised and therefore, he refused to comment on any controversy over floods.

Earlier, state minister and senior BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Friday sparked controversy and faced flak after he was seen smiling and waving cheerfully in two selfie videos during his inspection tour of flood-hit Kolhapur district.

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