They are warming up to other parties; if their talks fail then they will contest the Municipal elections independently, irrespective of the party’s decision.
Party workers are upset with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray’s decision to not contest the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Aurangabad Municipal Corporation election. Many of them are pressurising the Thackeray scion to rethink his decision failing which they might even contest the election as independent candidates. Some of them are also having discussion with parties like BJP, Shiv Sena, NCP for contesting the election. So there is a possibility of a split within the MNS in the next few days. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation poll is scheduled to be held on April 22.
The morale of MNS has hit an all-time low after it suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls. Voters too have lost faith in MNS as it was only dividing the Marathi vote bank in the state. Groupism too is adversely affecting the growth of the party as it is yet to gain a major foothold in the state. Many party workers and leaders have already quit MNS to join rival parties. The party cadre workers are unhappy with the functioning of the senior leaders as many of them have already started preparing for the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation election. They had also started campaigning for the election with an eye on lucrative posts. Since party workers had incurred expenditure for the contesting election they are already looking for other alternatives and are warming up to rival parties. Internal bickering has surfaced in the MNS after the party’s poor performance in Lok Sabha and assembly polls.
According to sources, “The MNS had taken the decision to not contest the NMMC polls to brighten Shiv Sena and BJP’s chances to win the election. During the Lok Sabha polls too MNS had fielded lesser candidates to avert the split of Marathi vote bank which paved way for Shiv Sena-BJP victory in the state.”
When Thackeray left Sena, then corporator Jitendra Kambli, Panduranh Gorade, Sukumar Killedar, Rtan Mandve, Kishor Shewale, Anand Chougule also ditched the saffron party in the city.
Due to negligent attitude of party chief Raj Thackeray, several MNS activists rejoined Sena including Jitendra Kambli, Kishor Shewale, Sukumar Killedar, Ratan Mandve. Mandve was elected to NMMC in the last civic polls on the Sena ticket.
Later youth leaders—Gajanan Kale, Sandeep Galgude, Gajanan Khabale, Datta Ghangale, made efforts to strengthen the party’s support base in the city. They were planning to contest 50-60 seats in the civic polls but the party chief’s decision not to contest NMMC polls has left them disappointed.
The MNS had failed to win a single seat in the 2010 Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation election.