Overruling all speculations about the merger of the two parties, the cousin brothers continue their struggle to overlap each other gaining the faith of the people of the state.
Recently, Raj Thackeray was quoted as saying, "I have said many times that there is no way I can return to where I have come from. Some vested interests have been floating this idea of a vague alliance between Shiv Sena and us. I don't have any such plans and no talks have happened as reported by some sections of media."
Following Raj's statement, Uddhav too said, "We want to take on the Congress and NCP in the state. People are fed up of their rule. So, we want the opposition to unite. But if some elements in the opposition are not willing to come with us despite our invitation, we will fight it alone."
Earlier many had speculated that the two cousin brothers may join hands post Bal Thackeray era. However, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed, "Our leader Uddhav Thackeray had openly asked the MNS to join forces, but there was no response. Now, some Marathi newspaper has reported that there is a possibility of an alliance. But I think this is just a story to be published on April 1."