Mumbai: Chances of estranged cousins
Uddhav and Raj Thackeray coming together may be remote but the
MNS today helped a Shiv Sena member become municipal council
chief of Ambernath in neighbouring Thane district.
Sena`s Sunil Chaudhari was elected Council president
after MNS members voted in his favour.
Sena welcomed the move, thanking "those who helped
"We thank those who helped us in today`s election...
every party has to decide its stance when it comes to issues
of local development," Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe told
For the first time since it began contesting
elections, Raj Thackeray`s MNS found itself in a position
where it had to choose between the Shiv Sena-BJP and the
To make sure they don`t yield to pressure or
bargaining, the MNS arranged the "disappearance" of its six
councillors who held the key to power in the Ambernath
In a House of 50, the previously ruling Sena-BJP won
17 seats, nine short of the halfway mark. The Congress won
three and the NCP nine, with Independents and others emerging
the second largest group with 15 seats.
During the campaign, MNS targeted both the Sena-BJP
and the Congress-NCP but had to choose either to support these
parties or abstain.