Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Bows Out of Lok Sabha Elections, Raj Thackeray’s MNS out of fray in Maharashtra Lok Sabha Elections. The MNS, led by Raj Thackeray, has decided not to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
An MNS leader said party president Raj Thackeray would make his political position clear on March 19 in a public meeting, and guide the party cadres.
There were indications in the last few weeks that the NCP was keen on having Thackeray on board as part of a greater Opposition front against the BJP-Sena combine.
There were also speculations that the MNS may get an opportunity to contest at least one seat through the NCP and hopefully open its account in the Lok Sabha, though both sides remained mum on the issue, and he might campaign for the opposition across the state.
Ahead of Lok Sabha elections next month, the MNS was trying hard to piggyback the Congress-NCP alliance, but was cold shouldered by the Congress, which opposes the violent “Marathi manoos” politics of the Raj Thackeray-led party.
In February, Thackeray held discussions with NCP leader and Maharashtra’s former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on being a part of the Opposition’s alliance. To get MNS on board, the NCP had even offered to surrender one seat (Kalyan) from its own quota.