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Maharashtra: Ahead of key civic polls, MNS on revamp mode

Following its drubbing in both Lok Sabha and assembly polls, there seems to be an effort to re-energise the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), ahead of civic elections in several cities.

mumbai Updated: Aug 31, 2015 22:36 IST
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Following its drubbing in both Lok Sabha and assembly polls, there seems to be an effort to re-energise the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), ahead of civic elections in several cities.

Party chief Raj Thackeray has been travelling regularly and holding party meetings in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Thane, which will see municipal polls in 2017, and Kalyan-Dombivli, which goes to polls this year.

According to Nitin Sardesai, MNS leader and former legislator, the party is gearing up for the challenge. “The Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were a temporary setback, and we are back again. In the past two months, we have undertaken a lot of activities. Our rallies were great successes and there is renewed vigour among party workers,” said Sardesai.

Raj has been convincing his cadre that the MNS is still is a force to reckon with, and promised them rich rewards for their work, sources said. He recently announced a new team of senior party workers and more such changes are expected at the grass-roots level too.

According to political experts, Raj has sensed an opportunity in the current political climate. “With the Sena squabbling with the BJP despite sharing power and infighting in the Congress and NCP, Raj is trying to create a political space for himself,” said Prakash Bal, political expert.

In the last 2010 Kalyan-Dombivli civic elections, Raj campaigned aggressively and managed to come second, bagging 26 seats. “A good performance in Kalyan-Dombivli will really come as a boost for the MNS,” Bal said.

In the recent rally, Raj crtiticised both the alliances that have ruled the state recently. “There is no difference between the previous and the current dispensation. Both are equally corrupt,” he said.

Raj is also personally monitoring the work of the Nashik civic body, where MNS is in power, so the party can present it as a model civic body.