An unexpected thaw was witnessed today between two big political rivals of Maharashtra—Raj Thackeray of Maharashtra Nirman Sena and Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena—with the former visiting Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital where Uddhav was hospitalised.
Uddhav had undegone an angiography before he was discharged. Political maestros were surprised to see Raj driving his cousin Uddhav back to his home Matoshree. The MNS chief also met Shiv Sena supremo and his uncle Balasaheb Thackeray.
Raj quit Shiv Sena six years ago in 2006 to form the MNS, apparently unhappy with Uddhav gradually taking charge of Shiv Sena from the ailing Balasaheb.
“Sources in the Shiv Sena that Raj’s gesture is deeply appreciated and though it is too early to gauge political implications, a rapprochement could develop. Sources in Raj’s camp are more cautious and say it’s too early to look out for any sort of political reunion,” a NDTV report said.
Important leaders of the MNS accompanied Raj to the hospital and also to Matoshree.
Maharashtra is going to polls in 2014.