Raj Thackeray reviews MNS’s dismal assembly poll performance

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2014 18:02 IST

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Tuesday went into a huddle to review the party’s disastrous performance in the assembly polls.

One of the issues the party is now mulling over is the possibility of extending its support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government.

This came after its lone MLA from Junnar, Sharad Sonavane, came over to meet party chief Raj Thackeray amid rumours that Sonavane will defect to the BJP. After the meeting, Sonavane said he had got an offer from the BJP.

“Local leaders called me and asked me to join the party. However, I have declined it. Any decision to support the BJP in the assembly will be taken by Raj alone.”

While the party is divided on the issue of supporting the BJP, many fear Sonavane will be lured by the BJP if the MNS doesn’t formally extend support.

“For now, we are confident Sonavane is staying with us. He came to meet the MNS chief and said he will stay. There is currently no proposal from the BJP for us to consider [supporting them]. If such a proposal comes, we will take a call accordingly,” said party senior leader Nitin Sardesai.

Tuesday’s meeting saw senior leaders of the party being present to deliberate upon various reasons for the failure.

“One thing we did speak about was the impact of the Modi wave and the dent it created in our vote bank,” said a senior leader of the party.

Leaders, however, declined to comment further, saying Raj will speak on the issue soon.

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