Raj Thackeray is taking NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's guidance in political matters
Pune: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is trying hard to overcome its failure in the last Assembly elections and now, to stay afloat in the State politics they are getting close to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray took a public interview of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar in February this year. This has changed the political equation to a certain extent. This is the only trigger point which can revive MNS in the State politics.
Till date, MNS party workers were taking up issues of common people to gain mileage in forthcoming Maharashtra State Assembly election but they didn't get any response from people.
However, the public interaction event has boosted the party's prospects. The party performed fairly well in 2012 civic elections and won 25 seats. However, they got only two seats in 2017 civic polls. Meanwhile, some party loyalists left MNS and joined other parties.
The MNS got a good response in Kasba Peth and Khadakwasla in 2009 Assembly polls. Ramesh Wanjale was elected from Khadakwasla constituency in 2009. After his death, MNS lost its seat in Khadakwasla. Ravindra Dhangekar, who fought Assembly polls in 2009 and 2014), got second largest votes. In 2017, Dhangekar left MNS and joined Congress.
Now, MNS doesn’t have a mass leader. After a debacle in 2017 civic polls, the party took a backseat. The party staged many agitations on various issues to attract public attention but it was least helpful.
Now, the party has scattered and there is no strong leadership in the city. Raj Thackeray frequently visited the city, however, his presence was not acknowledged in political circles.
But, Thackeray got new hopes after he interviewed Pawar. After that event, Thackeray met Pawar in Mumbai before addressing a party rally last month. Political pundits assume that Thackeray is taking advice from Pawar for revival of MNS in coming polls.
Thackeray tried to associate with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the help of Nitin Gadkari but that did not work out.
Due to the party’s constant attacks on Modi, BJP leaders are avoiding MNS. Meanwhile, Congress is in a lethargic stage right now in Maharashtra. So, there is no way to get close to the grand old party. Now, NCP is the only party in Maharashtra which has a good hold in the State politics. So, MNS is left with no other option but to go with the NCP in upcoming State Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.