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    Default I can solve problems better than Raj Thackeray: Rakhi Sawant

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    Rakhi Sawant is big-mouthed, they say. The celebrity item girl, who will soon play agony aunt in a new reality show "Rakhi Ka Insaaf", claims she has better solutions to Mumbaiís growing migrant population than Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

    "Come to my show, Iíll even solve that. Iíll solve it better than our friend Raj Thackeray," she said when asked about a solution to the growing number of outsiders coming into Mumbai.

    The 31-year-old, who was speaking at an event held to launch her new show on Imagine TV where Rakhi will solve issues of the common man, says she has raised her voice for many issues in Mumbai. She is a Maharashtrian herself.

    "There are a lot of issues in our society. I have been raising my voice from day one. No one knows me better than the media. I have barged into BMCís (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) office to get road construction done.

    "There are no problems that I havenít solved. The media knows it. Name me one celebrity who has barged into BMC commissionerís office to ask them to mend your road," she said.

    Rakhi is appalled with the governance in the city and is particularly against Thackerayís resistance to migrants from other states residing and working in the financial and entertainment capital of India.

    "Angoothachaap log baithhe hain wahaan (Uneducated people are sitting at the helm of affairs). There are so many people who know nothing. They donít use their brain even.

    "I donít think like Raj Thackeray...that anyone from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar or anywhere who comes to Mumbai is an outsider. This country, as well as this state, is of the god and the people living in it are all godís children. I donít believe in differentiating between Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian - we are all one, and Mumbai is for everyone. Everyone can earn their living here," Rakhi told IANS in an interview.

    Rakhi is seldom in a serious mood, and is known more for her outrageous publicity stunts. But this time round, she is serious.

    The glamour girl, who has been seen in films like "Main Hoon Naa" and "Dil Bole Hadippa", item numbers such as "Dekhta hai tu kya" and in reality shows "Nach Baliye", "Rakhi Ka Swayamvar" and "Pati, Patni Aur Woh", is also up in arms against certain issues which she feels must be solved by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

    "If I meet Ashok Chavan, I will ask him - when the rains come, why do the roads get flooded? Despite spending so much money and taking so much tax from the citizens, why? Throughout the year roads are being made...sometimes they are made 10 times, then why is there waterlogging? What is the problem?
    ...being a human...



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