MNS chief Thackeray likely to join the Mahagathbandhan

ST Correspondent
Friday, 15 February 2019

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that Raj Thackeray is ready to join the Mahagathbandhan. “We have no objection if he wants to join the coalition formed by Sharad Pawar. If the other partners have a problem with Raj Thackeray and his past actions against North Indian migrants living in Mumbai, then they should know that the MNS chief is leaving the agenda to join the coalition,” said Malik.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is likely to join the anti-Modi alliance formed by Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar. The MNS Chief is ready to keep away from his anti-North Indian agenda to join the Mahagathbandhan.
 
Raj Thackeray and NCP leader Ajit Pawar had a meeting in Mumbai and had a discussion over the upcoming elections, where Raj expressed his desire to join the Mahagathbandhan.
 
On Thursday, NCP leaders held a meeting, where the issue about Raj Thackeray’s wish to support Mahagathbandhan was discussed. 
 
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that Raj Thackeray is ready to join the Mahagathbandhan. “We have no objection if he wants to join the coalition formed by Sharad Pawar. If the other partners have a problem with Raj Thackeray and his past actions against North Indian migrants living in Mumbai, then they should know that the MNS chief is leaving the agenda to join the coalition,” said Malik.
 
“We are taking care that anti-BJP-Shiv Sena vote should not be split. Raj Thackeray is important for this reason,” Malik added.  As per the tentative deal being stitched up by the Congress and the NCP, the MNS will be accommodated from the NCP’s ‘quota’ of seats. Raj wants three Lok Sabha seats while the NCP is planning to concede only the Mumbai North East seat.

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