Mumbai: Known for its abhorrence of Abu
Asim Azmi, Raj Thackeray-led MNS is likely to back Congress
candidate in the by-election to the Bhiwandi assembly seat in
Maharashtra against the Samajwadi Party leader`s son.
SP MLA Azmi had won both Mankhurd and Bhiwandi seats
in the 2009 legislative assembly elections and vacated the
latter to pave the way for his son Farhan`s entry into
The MNS, always game for crossing sword with Azmi,
particularly on the issue of Hindi and north Indians, would
leave no stone unturned to ensure the defeat of Azmi`s
hotelier son Farhan, married to actress Ayesha Takia, in the
January 20 by-poll, a party source said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said
the party was contemplating extension of support to Congress
nominee Muzaffar Hussain.
"It is true that we do not want SP candidate to win,
but have not yet decided our strategy," MNS spokesperson
Shirish Parkar told PTI.
Asked if MNS would field its own candidate for the
polls, Parkar said the party organisation was not strong in
the area and that no decision had been taken as yet on the
Besides SP and the Congress, Shiv Sena`s Rupesh Mhatre
is also trying his luck. In the October 2009 assembly polls,
Sena`s Yogesh Patil had lost to Azmi.