A day after the former BJP president, Nitin Gadkari, met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and urged him not to contest the Lok Sabha elections, the MNS politician kept his cards close to his chest. However, sources say, Mr. Thackeray is under pressure from his party to contest the elections and it is expected to be in the fray in a limited number of constituencies.
“We are ready. The list of candidates is ready. We are waiting for Mr. Thackeray to make an announcement, which he will in the next few days,” said MNS leader Bala Nandgaokar.
Meanwhile, the Gadkari-Thackeray meeting has strained the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. “Those who create doubts within the alliance will only end up harming it. This will benefit the Congress-NCP,” said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut.