22 October, 2020

Tight Right Manoeuvre

BJP needs all the help it can get, so it can’t rebuff MNS. But it can’t miff Sena either.

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Tight Right Manoeuvre

The MNS Gambit

  • MNS has released a first list of 7 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls
  • Should his candidates win, Raj says they will support Modi
  • This left his rival, the Shiv Sena, allied to the BJP, flummoxed
  • BJP leaders had to rush to meet Uddhav to reassure him all was well
  • Raj has nothing to lose, since his party has no MPs to begin with


Raj Thackeray’s address recently at the eighth anniversary of his Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) was perhaps his most eagerly awaited since he launched the party. Supporters, party workers, political rivals, people at large—everyone wanted to know if Raj would indirectly support his estranged cousin Uddhav of the Shiv Sena by not fielding candidates in the Lok Sabha elections; if he would reaffirm his appreciation for Narendra Modi; and if he would try to establish a separate identity for the MNS at the city, state and national level.

Not easy decisions at all. Raj admitted as...



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