The BJP seems to be playing mediator to estranged Thackeray cousins Uddhav and Raj in order to solve the Nashik tangle.
After an hour-long meeting with Raj Thackeray late on Monday, state BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar is expected to call on Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray to seek support for the MNS’ quest for power in the Nashik civic body. “We will support the MNS directly,” said the BJP functionary.
In Nashik, the BJP did not team up with the Sena in the civic elections, and managed to win 14 seats.
In the 122-member Nashik Municipal Corporation, Raj Thackeray’s MNS bagged 40 seats, the most by any party. Yet, it cannot come to power if the Sena opposes it.
“We will remain neutral as this will give us a chance to reap the benefits of power as well as expose Raj Thackeray’s tall claims,” said a Sena leader, requesting anonymity. The Sena’s neutral stance will help the MNS romp home and appoint its Mayor.
However, Uddhav Thackeray did not spell out his stance, maintaining that the decision would be known on the voting day itself.
“Since the MNS helped us in Thane and Nagpur, we will convince Uddhav to reciprocate,” said a senior BJP leader. The MNS had directly supported the Sena-BJP in Thane.