Quite contrary to the expectation of MNS and Shiv Sena joining hands after Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena Chief expired, last week, the Raj Thackeray led, MNS, has opposed Balasaheb’s Memorial at the Shivaji Park and has instead proposed Indu Mill for the Memorial.This has brought both the parties into tussle mode again and assuring the world that Late Bal Thackeray’s efforts to unite his son, Uddhav Thackeray and nephew,Raj Thackeray, has failed ultimately.
Bal Thackery the controversial yet popular Maratha Leader has left a huge baggage of his popularity and fan following after his demise which can still play a prominent role in Maharashtra politics ! Its a human tendency to look upon for a replacement, equally competent,of such mass leaders.Often,obvious choice is any immediate blood-relation of such crowd puller!
Uddhav Thackeray, son of Balasaheb was undoubtedly a perfect son but is he a perfect successor to the throne of Bal Thackeray,is a question which arose since the popularity of Balasaheb’s nephew Raj Thackeray who was considered far more competent than Uddhav and quit the Shiv Sena to form his own political party , MNS, when he understood his role would remain limited in the Sena.
He proved his worth by taking his party head strong against Shiv Sena within 6 years and it was only this year,Bal Thackeray had managed to bring Raj close to Sena to support eachother’s party rather than behaving rivals.
After remaining a major ‘Marathi Manus vote’ shifting political party for Shiv Sena for almost 6 years, the MNS is joining hands with Shiv Sena for Nanded Municipal Corporation Elections . This is an expected indication that both the parties may soon be seen joining hands for bigger state-level electoral contests ! While MNS had stood up as a major ‘Sena Vote Bank’ diverting party, it was helping NCP and Congress to strengthen their hands, taking advantage of MNS and Sena conflicts, over ‘Marathi Manus Vote-Bank’.
While country’s financial capital-Mumbai, has slowed down its pace due to heavy rains continuing for over a day, now and making people’s life miserable with water-logging on rail-tracks and roads and flood-like atmosphere,just a thought, on how may Raj Thackeray, the MNS Supremo , may utilize heavy rains for his publicity. And how may Shiv Sena, which had previously backed Raj Thackeray on his anti-Bihari speeches, helplessly support Raj in his publicity stunt. 🙂