Raj Thackeray meets Uddhav at Matoshree: Is BMC poll 2017 on agenda?

By: | Updated: July 29, 2016 2:12 PM

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raja Thackeray today met Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshree just two days after the latter celebrated his birthday on July 27.

Senior leader and ex-MLA Bala Nandgaonkar accompanied Raj Thackeray for the meeting. (Express Photo)Senior leader and ex-MLA Bala Nandgaonkar accompanied Raj Thackeray for the meeting. (Express Photo)

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raja Thackeray today met Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshree just two days after the latter celebrated his birthday on July 27. Speculations are rife that beside being a courtesy call, the meeting was to discuss the upcoming BMC polls scheduled to be held in 2017. Shiv Sena, a joint-stake holder in BJP-ruled Maharashtra government, has often been in discord with it for various reasons including farmers’ suicide, GST Bill, economic reforms and inflation.

Senior leader and ex-MLA Bala Nandgaonkar accompanied Raj Thackeray for the meeting. All the parties including Shiv Sena, MNS, BJP and Congress are flexing their muscles for the next BMC polls which is being touted as battle ground for the political parties. There have been serious allegations of corruption against the BMC time and again. MNS is trying to get the foothold in Maharashtra politics as Shiv Sena has a strong hold on Maratha vote bank. Even Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has been quite vocal against BJP and its some policies. Recently, he said, “For 25 years or at least two generations, we held each other’s hands and moved on. We could have come to power on our own strength long ago but we rotted in this alliance with the BJP.”

In 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections, BJP and Shiv Sena fought alone snapping their 25-year old ties. But later, they formed a coalition government in the state.

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