Raj Thackeray

Political watchers have dismissed Raj Thackeray’s sudden love for saffron as a political act. But this also being Maharashtra politics, the real question is, “For whose benefit?”
Dhaval Kulkarni, who recently wrote ‘The Cousins Thackeray’, outlining the rise of Uddhav and Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra, on the surprising developments in the state and why the Shiv Sena is taking such a big risk.
The MNS chief also said that a Ram temple must be constructed at the earliest in Ayodhya.
With a strong NCP led by Sharad Pawar set to dominate the opposition space, the MNC is in real danger of being sidelined as a bit player in Maharashtra politics.
Exit polls predict the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will sweep the election, but Sharad Pawar’s spirited fight has given a little hope to the opposition.
The MNS chief, who had gone quiet after an ED grilling, seems to have set his sights lower this election: he wants to become a ‘credible opposition party’ to the BJP.
If Aaditya Thackeray wins the election, he will be the first member of the family to represent the people.
The MNS chief’s last public statement came on 22 August when he was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate for over nine hours.
Thousands of NCP workers are likely to throng Mumbai on Friday in a show of strength.
Dhaval Kulkarni looks at the political careers of Sena president Uddhav and MNS chief Raj Thackeray in his book 'The Cousins Thackeray'.