Raj Thackeray will not be part of alliance with NCP and Congress in Maharashtra. His ideology doesn’t seem to go well with Congress ideology.
Raj has is the nephew of Bal Thackery and formed his own party MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) after having severe differences with Shiv Sena.
MNS ideology is to bash the non-Marathis who have settled in Maharashtra and the party is disliked and hated for its policies and ways by the non-Marathis living in Maharashtra. MNS has never done well in elections at any level and needs to tie-up with bigger parties if it hopes to revive its chances.
MNS has been milking on votes of a very few Marathis in the state. It has not been able to evolve or grow up of the narrow vision it has created for itself since it has been into existence.
Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) politician Ajit Pawar advised the Congress to include Raj in the alliance but it has been shot down by the Congress which believes that the ideological differences with MNS has made it impossible to go for any sort of alliance with the party.
Congress’s state Chief Ashok Chavan said, “We have ideological differences with MNS, and any kind of electoral tie-up with it would be difficult.
Ajit Pawar however felt that including MNS will take away the Marathi voters off the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. He pointed out that MNS got 1 to 1.5 lakh votes in past elections in some constituencies. Ajit Pawar said, “We must bring together all those who find secular ideologies as acceptable if we really want to defeat the Shiv Sena-BJP combine.”
Maharashtra sends the second highest number MPs after Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that MNS wanted at least 2 seats in the state. While both NCP and the MNS have nothing to lose, as they are limited only to just one state, the Congress is worried about the national picture, if it includes MNS in the alliance.
In 2014 general elections, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had swept the elections, winning 41 seats. The Congress-NCP alliance could manage only 6 seats, whereas Maharashtra Navnirman Sena could not get even one seat.
During the last one year, the NCP chief has shared stage with Raj Thackeray on many occasions. There have been speculations about emergence of an alliance for a long time now.