Once seen as a potential successor, then seen as the party that would destroy the Shiv Sena, Raj Thackeray and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have effectively been relegated to the scrap heap of Maharashtra politics after the state elections.
The national legal cell of BJP on Friday demanded that the Election Commission of India should revoke the recognition granted to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for 'hate speeches' made by its leaders during the Maharashtra Assembly poll campaign.
Stage is set for Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana on Wednesday, one of the biggest electoral tests after the Lok Sabha polls for Narendra Modi, who spearheaded a high-decibel BJP campaign to wrest power from the opposition in what promises to be a close contest.
A public interest litigation filed in the Bombay High Court has sought a direction to the Election Commission to ask Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aditya and MNS chief Raj Thackeray to disclose their assets in affidavits.
The Bombay High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to MNS leader Sudhakar Khade, who is contesting Maharashtra assembly election from Kavathe-Mahakal in Sangli district, in connection with a rape case.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday attacked senior NCP leader RR Patil for his controversial comment on the criminal background of an MNS candidate who is in the poll fray against Patil in the latter's home turf.
Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW), Lalitha Kumaramangalam, on Saturday slammed former Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil for his 'rape after elections' remark and termed it as a 'reprehensible statement'.
MNS president Raj Thackeray on Thursday claimed he was willing to have a tie-up with Shiv Sena for October 15 Maharashtra assembly elections after the latter's alliance with BJP ended, but there was no response.
MNS chief said on Wednesday that as BJP did not have a face in Maharashtra who could get them votes, the party for pushing forward Narendra Modi to get take them home. He also said that if PM Modi was bust campaigning for his party in Haryana and Maharashtra, then when would he run the country.
Regretting that BJP-Shiv Sena alliance could not continue in Maharashtra, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed confidence that his party would come to power on its own in the western state.
Even after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parted ways with one of its oldest allies — the Shiv Sena — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday refrained from attacking the erstwhile NDA ally in poll-bound Maharashtra.
The maiden electoral battle for senior Maharashtra BJP leader Vinod Tawde may not be a cakewalk as former ally Shiv Sena reportedly wants its cadre to ensure his defeat since it blames him to be one of the architects of the breakup of the 25-year-old saffron alliance.