Shiv Sena to conduct outreach campaign

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Mumbai, Jul 8 (PTI) The Shiv Sena will conduct a public outreach campaign from July 12 to 24 to strengthen the organization and expand its base, senior party leader Anil Desai told reporters here on Thursday.

Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed district chiefs of the party virtually during the day and asked them to strengthen the organization at the grass-root level, he said.

'This `Shiv-Sampark' campaign will also help the party prepare for the upcoming local body polls,' Desai said.

Asked if the party, which heads the ruling coalition which includes the NCP and Congress, will contest coming polls on its own, he said strengthening of the party base did not mean it was planning to go it alone.

'We are in an alliance and our leaders will take a call on alliance for elections,' he said.

About the Enforcement Directorate questioning NCP leader Eknath Khadse in connection with a land deal, Desai said political vendetta should be avoided.

On the new cooperation ministry formed by the Union government, he said cooperation is a state subject.

'If the Union ministry helps strengthen the sector, it it is good, but there should not be encroachment on the states' rights,' the Sena leader said. PTI MR KRK KRK

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