The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the former chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, has again made many political pundits scratch their heads as he met the chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Raj Thackeray, on January 7, Tuesday. The meeting which happened in a closed door, is seen as a new twist in the Maharashtra politics. The meeting is also drawing attention as Thackeray, at several occasions, has been seen criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi & BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while praising them too at several occasions.
Former Maharashtra CM & BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met MNS chief #RajThackeray in Mumbai: Sources
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As per a close MNS aide, the BJP and MNS are planning to come together not for forming any government but on the national issues. A Maharashtra BJP leader, while speaking on the meeting, said that Raj Thackeray has an excellent oratorial skill which may help in bringing home the Hindutva campaign. As per political analysts, the BJP has the power of pro-Hindutva followers while MNS has the pro-Marathi followers, which, if merge together, may help Maharashtra turn saffron which is BJP’s primary ideology.
The Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray has already cut ties with the long-lasted ‘Big Brother’ BJP. Uddhav Thackeray has, in fact, joined hands with the two rivals, Congress and Sharad Pawar-led NCP, and formed the ‘Maha Vikas Aaghadi’ to form his government in Maharashtra. This is speculated to have paved ways for Raj Thackeray-led MNS to play the crucial role of ‘younger brother’ to BJP in Maharashtra, which was earlier played by Shiv Sena. The meeting between it’s supremo Raj Thackeray and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, is considered as an emerging challenge for Shiv Sena led ‘Maha Vikas Aaghadi’ in Maharashtra. Although, MNS has only 1 seat in the 288 seat Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, it could be a game changer for Maharashtra’s politics.
There are already reports that MNS is planning to turn it’s existing flag completely saffron. The new MNS flag is said to dump other colors except the saffron. The flag will be all saffron with the embossing of Maharashtra legendary fighter, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, in the middle. The flag may be unveiled on January 23, the day celebrated as the birth anniversary of the Shiv Sena founder and Hindutva brave heart, Bala Saheb Thackeray.