MNS will rally behind Congress, NCP

Mumbai: Despite Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) having been kept out of the grand alliance of opposition parties for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, he plans to address poll campaign rallies in favour of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidates, including Parth, the son of Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule, the daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

The MNS is not fielding candidates for the polls, but has announced that it will campaign against the Modi government. On the occasion of Gudi Padva on April 6, Raj will address party workers at Shivaji Park in which he is expected to spell out his plan of action.

Though the dates of the rallies are yet to be finalised, he may address in constituencies where Congress and NCP stalwarts are contesting. MNS insiders claim that through his rallies and speeches, Raj will try to persuade voters loyal to the MNS to favour Congress-NCP candidates. He will, however, not share the dais with any candidate from either party.

Raj is likely to address rallies in Baramati for Supriya Sule, Maval for Parth Pawar, Nashik for Sameer Bhujbal, Satara for Udayanraje Bhosale, and Mumbai North East for Sanjay Dina Patil.

He is also likey to address rallies in support of Congress candidates including Ashok Chavan in Nanded, Sushilkumar Shinde in Solapur, Urmila Matondkar in North Mumbai, and Priya Dutt in Mumbai North Central.

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