According to MNS leader Sudhir Jadhav, who oversaw the elections, the MNS deliberately abstained from voting. “We are an independent party and are not happy with either of the factions,” said Jadhav. He said the MNS remained neutral as it did not want to ally with any of the two parties. However, observers say that the party was only repaying Shiv Sena and BJP for their support in the NMC elections.
“We had a clear cut pact to support each other,” said a Sena leader who did not wish to comment.
In April, the Sena and the BJP had supported the MNS standing committee chairman Ramesh Dhongade and got him elected in the Nashik municipal corporations standing committee.
While Uddhav Thackeray was keen on forging an alliance with MNS, Raj Thackeray dismissed the idea saying that he could form a government alone.