The political equations of the Thane constituency are changing colors with the entry of MNS candidate Rajan Raje. NMTV political team analyses how the Rajan Raje factor could just be the deciding factor of who wins the Thane constituency. His agenda is all about reaching out to the Marathi manoos and he has educational qualifications better than any of his rival candidates to back him. That’s why Rajan Raje – the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s candidate from the Thane constituency is compelling political analysts and experts to re-think how votes will now be distributed in Thane constituency. Ever since Raj Thackeray defected from the Shiv Sena party to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, he has successfully been able to create a dent in the vote bank of Shiv Sena and especially – the Marathi youth vote bank. Moreover, Rajan Raje’s election campaign is being spear headed by former core Shiv Sena veteran Satish Pradhan. Sources say that it was due to the growing influence of the MNS in Thane, that Uddhav Thackeray chose Vijay Chougule – a Shiv Sainik from Navi Mumbai for the first time. The Sena high commands believed that choosing some from Navi Mumbai would help eat into NCP votes in Navi Mumbai – that would make up for the votes lost due to Rajan Raje factor in Thane. But the troubles for Shiv Sena in Thane are not over. Sources say that Rajan Raje’s campaign has picked up in Thane, more after Sharmila Thackeray’s participation so much that the MNS is giving sleepless nights to the Shiv Sena. What further works in the MNS candidate for the Thane constituency Rajan Raje’s favour is that he has been active in Thane for almost 27 years and has nearly 27 factories unions under him and the votes of these unions are believed to go to the MNS. That is why many believe that the votes Rajan Raje is able to garner will decide the fate of the saffron alliance in the Thane constituency. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia NMTV News.
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