Nashik: MNS Likely To Join Mahayuti, Eyes Nashik Seat In Lok Sabha Elections

Nashik: MNS Likely To Join Mahayuti, Eyes Nashik Seat In Lok Sabha Elections

In discussions surrounding MNS's inclusion, the party has been adamant about securing at least two coveted Lok Sabha seats: South Mumbai, Nashik, or Shirdi. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly expressed willingness to allocate one of these seats, specifically South Mumbai, to MNS's Bala Nandgaonkar. However, suspense remains regarding which additional seat MNS will be allotted.

Prashant NikaleUpdated: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 02:50 PM IST
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Recent developments in the political scenario suggest that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is on the verge of joining the Mahayuti, a significant political move that could reshape the dynamics of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. MNS President Raj Thackeray's meeting with Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah in Delhi signals a crucial step towards finalizing this alliance.

In discussions surrounding MNS's inclusion, the party has been adamant about securing at least two out of three coveted Lok Sabha seats: South Mumbai, Nashik, or Shirdi. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly expressed willingness to allocate one of these seats, specifically South Mumbai, to MNS's Bala Nandgaonkar. However, suspense remains regarding which additional seat MNS will be allotted, with Nashik emerging as a focal point for the party.

Nevertheless, these negotiations have intensified political maneuvering in Nashik, particularly within the BJP and Shiv Sena. The inclusion of MNS in the Mahayuti has stirred anticipation, as it could potentially stake claims for multiple seats. With Nashik's Lok Sabha seat already contested by BJP, Shiv Sena, and NCP's Ajit Pawar faction, MNS's entry adds another layer of complexity to the electoral landscape.

Speculation suggests that MNS might contest on BJP's symbol in South Mumbai, with Bala Nandgaonkar as its candidate. However, for the Nashik seat, MNS is expected to vie for representation under its own symbol. Raj Thackeray's affinity for Nashik is well-known, further fueling MNS's aspirations for this constituency. If confirmed, this allocation could spark contention among the existing claimants, potentially benefiting a fourth contender.

In recent days, concerted efforts have been underway to finalize MNS's integration into the Mahayuti for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. With indications pointing towards an imminent agreement, the allocation of seats appears to be reaching its conclusive stages, poised to shape the electoral landscape significantly.

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