Maharashtra Swaraj Party
Maharashtra Swaraj Party (MSP) is a regional political party formed by the christian community in Mumbai, India.T. The party's name draws inspiration from the phrase "Swaraj is my Birthright", coined by East Indian freedom fighter and Mumbai's first mayor of Indian origin, Joseph 'Kaka' Baptista. Kaka Baptista was a close associate of Lokmanya Tilak who made the phrase popular. The organisation, aimed at representing the East Indian community, was initiated by various local NGO's like Watchdog Foundation, Mobai Gaothan Panchayat, Bombay East India Association, Vakola Advanced Locality Management, Kalina Civic Forum and the Kolovery Welfare Association. MSP plans expand to the rest of Maharashtra.
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2014 Maharashtra Assembly ElectionEdit
The party fielded five candidates from Mumbai's suburbs in the 13th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election. Since the organisation is not registered as a political party, the candidates were fielded as independents.
Names of candidates announced by the party include:
- "East Indian party to field 5 candidates from suburbs". The Times of India. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- "Kaka Baptista". East Indian Community. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "MSP announces candidate list for assembly elections". I am in DNA of India. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- "East Indian candidates will break Congress' Christian vote in Mumbai". The Times of India. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.