The possibility of the alliance has arrived after the recent meeting between NCP’s Ajit Pawar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray at his residence.
New Delhi | After the announcement of Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly polls, another set of an alliance is been rumoured to form in the political bylanes of Maharashtra.
According to sources, Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is likely to join the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance in Maharashtra. Sources added that Thackeray will be given 2 seats to contest however the constituencies are yet to be decided. The possibility of the alliance has arrived after the recent meeting between NCP’s Ajit Pawar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray at his residence.
Earlier there were reports of Congress-NCP alliance trying to bring Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh in the opposition fold. However, there has been no official confirmation on it from both sides. With MNS joining the alliance, Congress-NCP alliance would get a benefit of the hardcore Marathi voter base of MNS.
Founded in 2006 by Raj Thackeray after his split from Shiv Sena, MNS is yet to create an impact in the elections of Maharashtra. After winning 13 seats in the 2009 assembly polls in Maharashtra, the party was restricted to just 1 seat in the last 2014 assembly elections.
The Congress-NCP alliance faced a heavy defeat against the Shivsena-BJP alliance in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra, NCP won 4 seats while Congress managed to win just 2 seats.
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