Raj Thackeray, chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), on March 18 during his rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai has realigned his position to openly support the NCP’s Modi-mukt Bharat stand, and it appears that he will campaign against Prime Minister Modi and the BJP and will indirectly support the Opposition parties, Congress and NCP.
He asked all the opposition parties to unite against the centre to achieve “Modi-Mukt” Bharat by 2019. On March 17, a day before the MNS rally MNS chief met Sharad Pawar, NCP chief and former agriculture minister, at his residence in south Mumbai. Even last month he conducted an interview of NCP Chief Pawar in Pune. He, however, described his meeting with Pawar as a courtesy call.
After the 2014 General Election fiasco, MNS supremo announced that his party would not contest Lok Sabha (LS) polls in future. His view was that national parties should focus on LS elections and leave state elections to regional parties like the MNS and others. But in his speech at the rally he announced his plans to contest the LS election or to join the anti-Modi facade being directed by NCP Chief Pawar. The NCP leader is all set to host a dinner party probably in the last week of March for all party leaders who are willing to join the anti-Modi facade.