In recent times, in the wake of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's death, the report of two brothers coming close is evident for all to see.
In 2006, Raj left Shiv Sena to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The reason behind formation of MNS was that Raj was unhappy that his uncle Bal Thackeray asked his son Uddhav to lead the party.
Moreover, an article published in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, the party president Uddhav has extended an olive branch to his cousin Raj, which confirm that all is well in Thackeray family.
However, more than family sake, the re-union is to give a boost to two "Senas" ahead of General Elections of 2014, say experts.
Regarding the possible alliance between the two senas, Uddhav said he is willing for a political alliance with cousin Raj as the move will augur well for the Marathi manoos.
"If Raj Thackeray wants an alliance with the Shiv Sena, we will welcome him. I welcome every one who is genuinely willing to join hands with us," Uddhav Thackeray said.