raj-udav-A realignment of political players in the state might be on the cards as in a curious development MNS Chief Raj Thackarey and Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackarey seem to be building bridges. In a curious development, bitter political rivals are building bridges with each other and revisiting old relationships, and political parties inimical to each other are trying to mend fences. While it is too early to map the contours of the new development, the state’s polity looks to be in a churn. A development loaded with political possibilities is the thawing of the chill between the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Last week, MNS chief Raj Thackeray called cousin Uddhav a great photographer. There are also hectic efforts at the ground level to bring the estranged brothers together. This would not be possible without a nod from the top leaders in the party. Political observers feel it could be a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) strategy to bring the Sena and the MNS together to arrest the growth of the Congress in Mumbai and elsewhere. The Congress, with its eyes set on the 2012 BMC polls, would like to see the parties divided. Apart from this high-profile potential rewiring, the most visible realignment seems to between senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde. They have jointly taken a pledge to fight for the rights of the Other Backward Castes (OBCs). Unmindful of the jitters their bonding has caused within the NCP and BJP, the two OBC leaders have decided to take their battle for greater electoral representation of the community in politics to its logical end. It’s hard to miss the bonhomie. Political managers in the Congress are working overtime to find out the ramifications of the Bhujbal-Munde association. Some have sent feelers to both the leaders to consider Congress as the final destination before the 2014 assembly elections. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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