Senior NCP leader and former Shiv Sainik Chhagan Bhujbal on Monday said Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and MNS chief Raj Thackeray's possible reunion will become a force to reckon with in Maharashtra politics if the estranged cousins decide to bury their differences and come together.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose party suffered a rout in the recently held Maharashtra Assembly polls following which some of its key leaders resigned, has said that he has accepted all resignations submitted to him.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday called on newly-appointed state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and asked him to take steps to arrest culprits of the last month's gruesome murder of three members of a Dalit family at a village in Ahmednagar district.
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.
In a surprising turn of events, Hyderabad-based MIM today made its maiden entry into the Maharashtra Assembly pocketing two seats, while pro-Marathi MNS of Raj Thackeray was all but wiped out winning just one.
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.
With an average of all the three Exit Polls also indicates that BJP is all set to emerge as the single largest party in Haryana by winning 45 seats. While in Maharashtra, BJP will win 133, Congress 69, Shiv Sena 36, NCP 31 and MNS and Others will win 19 seats.
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 Election Commission on Monday issued a show cause notice to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for his alleged remarks against non-Maharashtrians and claiming that once his party comes to power, their entry in the state will be barred.
Justifying his party's demand for autonomy for states, as spelled out in its 'blue-print' for Maharashtra's development, Raj Thackeray on Monday said MNS would not be contesting the Lok Sabha elections henceforth.