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Fadnavis Visits Raj Thackeray at His New Home, Assembly Triggers Hypothesis Forward of BMC Polls

Mumbai: Senior BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday known as on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray right here, sparking off hypothesis in political circle a few attainable tie-up between the 2 events forward of the essential Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) elections early subsequent yr.

Fadnavis and his spouse Amruta met Raj Thackeray, his spouse Sharmila on the latter’s new residence ‘Shivteerth’ at Dadar in central Mumbai. All 4 of them had been seen chatting within the balcony of the MNS president’s home.

Whereas BJP office-bearers known as it a cordial household assembly, political observers stated it assumes significance in view of the essential Mumbai civic physique polls.

Throughout his tenure because the Maharashtra chief minister between 2014 and 2019, Fadnavis had maintained cordial relations with Raj Thackeray. Within the 2017 BMC polls, the BJP had made large strides within the Shiv Sena citadel of Mumbai, profitable 82 seats.

Nonetheless, the Shiv Sena had retained the ability by bagging 84 seats.

The BJP now eyes to clinch a transparent lead over the Shiv Sena, which has been controlling the civic physique for the final three a long time. Within the final BMC election, the Congress was relegated to the third place with 31 seats, whereas the NCP and MNS received 9 and seven seats respectively. Later that yr, six out of the seven MNS corporators had joined the Shiv Sena, giving the occasion an edge over the BJP.

Raj Thackeray, who had run a vigorous marketing campaign towards the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi forward of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, had in 2020 unveiled his occasion’s new saffron flag and declared help to the NDA authorities for evicting Pakistani and Bangladeshi “infiltrators”, amongst different issues, indicating his shift to vocal Hindutva.

A number of BJP leaders from Maharashtra, together with state occasion chief Chandrakant Patil, Ashish Shelar and Prasad Lad, have additionally met Raj Thackeray in the previous few months.

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