Mumbai: The power center in the Maharashtra seems to have shifted from Matoshree (Residence of late Bal Thackeray) to MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s Shivaji Park residence, Krishna Kunj. In recent days, several politicians and industrialists including former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Ratan Tata visited the Krishna Kunj.

Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday held political discussions with Raj Thackeray. Earlier staff of US embassy also paid visit to MNS chief. Last week Ratan Tata, who  never visited Matoshree, met Raj Thackeray. Tata Group has been famous for its high moral values in industry sectors.

Tata’s visit to Krishna Kunj is being linked to top industry house’s bid to make foray in the aviation sector. The Tata has to hire highly skilled employees from different states. The group wants to avoid any untoward situation to be created by the MNS workers in the name of language and statehood.

As far as Gadkari is concerned, the former BJP president’s political clout in the party has been on the wane since the surfacing of alleged irregularities in his Purti Group. The MNS chief has to address rallies in the Vidarbha region. Raj Thackeray might mention the issue of alleged irregularities in Purti Group. The political observers are terming it as a reason behind Gadkari-Raj Thackeray meeting.

Certainly, such moves have raised the political graph of Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra politics. Sensing MNS chief’s future role in the state politics, Raj is being given prominence by industrialists and politicians. However, MNS has only 12 MLAs in the Maharashtra Assembly. But the MNS had played the role of party popper for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the last Assembly Polls in Maharashtra.

JPN/Bureau

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