So MNS has proved that it is a force to reckon with. MNS party’s candidates, with more than one lakh votes each, have put a huge dent in the votes of other parties. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena may not have won a single seat in the Lok Sabha elections, but its candidates garnered an impressive number of votes indicating that the party is now a very serious contender. Consider this – every single MNS candidate won more than one lakh votes each in Nashik. In South Mumbai Lok Sabha constituencies they stood second and almost everywhere else, they were a respectable third. MNS lost in Nashik and in North East Mumbai by a slender margin. A few thousand more votes and MNS could well have won two Lok Sabha seats in its debut. Shiv Sena leaders claim MNS stole their votes, but the results are a clear indication that MNS did more than steal from the Sena tigers – it took away the lion’s share. MNS candidates were leading in as many as 15 of the 33 assembly segments in the city. It also means Sena can’t take Mumbai for granted any more. No wonder then that party chief Raj Thackeray is mighty pleased with the party’s performance. MNS’s success also indicates that the city is now polarized between Marathis and the migrants. It is this polarization that gives MNS hope. There were many who did not vote for the MNS thinking their vote would be wasted. But now they will have realized that the MNS is a strong option, say MNS sources. They voice confidence that they will get a lot more in the coming assembly polls and are sure to win at least 40 seats in the state elections. Bureau report – NMTV News.
October 31, 2017
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