After speculations that estranged Thackeray cousins, Uddhav and Raj, might come together, the political suspense has heightened further as Raj Thackeray on Monday called on deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the latter’s ‘Sagar’ residence.
The rendezvous assumes further significance as it has triggered buzz about a possible alliance between the BJP and Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ahead of crucial BMC polls.
Interestingly, Raj’s wife Sharmila didn’t rule out the possibility of the MNS-Sena alliance. “Let there be a call, and let us see then,’’ she recently said.
This is the second meeting between the two after July 15 when Fadnavis went to Raj Thackeray’s ‘Shivtirth’ residence to inquire about his health following his hip replacement surgery. After going under scissors, the firebrand leader last week travelled to Pune for the party's membership drive.
Both the leaders then and now did not reveal the details about their meetings. After the formation of the Shinde-BJP government in June, MNS chief had written an open letter to Fadnavis, praising him for setting an example of party loyalty and commitment by taking over as deputy CM despite being frontrunner for the top post.
Today’s meeting between the two comes days after Sena president Uddhav Thackeray stitched his party’s alliance with Sambhaji Brigade, which is an ardent advocate of Maratha reservation.
Thackeray faction and Sambhaji Brigade have expressed their resolve to jointly take on the Shinde camp and BJP in the upcoming BMC polls on the Hindutva and state pride agendas.
The MNS, which has one MLA, had supported the BJP in the elections to the Rajya Sabha as well as legislative council held in June.