"Nitin Gadkari requested me not to fight Lok Sabha polls. I told him how it is possible? I head an independent political party which has mass support. Gopinath Munde too met me and requested me to adjust," he said at an election rally.
    
He said that BJP leaders had earlier been in touch with him urging him to join the BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI (Athawale) alliance, but nothing concrete emerged because Uddhav Thackeray was unwilling to allow MNS into its fold.
    
"When Gadkari asked me earlier to fight elections jointly, I asked him - how will you go about it? Is your ally (Shiv Sena) willing for our inclusion in the alliance? Then he told me that he would discuss the matter with the Shiv Sena. However, after that there was no positive response and BJP leaders themselves told me that Uddhav was not responding to the idea," he said.

Lambasting Shiv Sena for "hypocrisy", Raj said after Gadkari met him to avoid division of anti-Congress votes, the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna' criticised Gadkari, questioning the strength of MNS to put forward such a proposal.
    
"Instead of fighting the Congress and NCP, the Shiv Sena attacked us (MNS)," he said.
    
The MNS leader said that if there was a sincere desire to avoid division of anti-Congress votes in Maharashtra, proper discussions should have been initiated by BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI alliance leaders to rope in MNS.
    
Raj said that he supports Modi for prime minister, because he is a capable man doing good work.
    
"One should support the man who does good work," he said, adding that he is not seeking votes for his party in the name of Modi, whom MNS MPs would back after elections.
    
He also attacked the Shiv Sena for deriding NCP leader Sharad Pawar and at the same time approaching him to raise a memorial for the late Balasaheb Thackeray.
    
Urging voters to rout the Congress, Thackeray said that the party had looted Maharashtra for years.
    
"Congress is now distributing money to get votes. If you want, take their money, but vote against them", he said.

(Agencies)

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