Mumbai : In a bid to revitalise moribund Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), party president Raj Thackeray has decided to mimic Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally on Gudi Padwa, the traditional New Year’s day celebrated in the state. This year, the festival falls on April 8.

Raj had earlier announced that his party will start rocking from April and the rally on Gudi Padwa appears to be the first of his plans to revive the party.

“We are going to organise a rally every Gudi Padva beginning this year. We have booked the Shivaji Park ground on April 8 for the rally,” a senior MNS leader told FPJ.

“We believe that the annual rally will inspire and mobilise the workers and work as a catalyst,” the leader said.

Interestingly, as the MNS is completing a decade of its foundation on Wednesday, Thackeray has asked the party officials to celebrate the milestone in traditional way. He has asked them to put 6 ft high lanterns wrapped in party colours, distribute sweets to school children and play Shehnai for the whole day at the party offices on Wednesday.

“Every zone chief has been asked to put six lanterns. Half of them will be provided by the party and the remaining will be arranged locally. Saheb (Thackeray) has asked us to write social messages on these lanterns,” a zone chief from the eastern suburbs said.

Thackeray will address the party officials at a meeting at Matunga on Tuesday explaining his plan for reviving the party. However, the party men appear to be sceptical regarding the revival measures. “I think these measures are not enough because the party lacks credibility at this moment.  Party workers can’t be motivated unless there is one-on-one dialogue with the top leadership,” a party source said.

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