Raj Thackeray, who has been praising Modi since he has been elevated in BJP as the prime ministerial nominee of the party, did not clear his decision of supporting NDA.
Asking Raj Thackeray to come clear on his party's stand on joining NDA or merging with BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Rajnath tried to woo ally Shiv Sena-led by Raj's estranged cousin brother Uddhav Thackeray. The BJP President said that BJP and Shiv Sena alliance was a permanent one and it would be stronger in the days to come.
Some parties are trying to cash on Modi's name: Rajnath Singh slams MNS
While criticising Raj Thackeray and his party without taking the party's name directly, Rajnath said, "Some parties are trying to cash on Modi's name and are announcing support to Modi's candidature for the post of prime minister when BJP has not asked for their support."
"Who has sought your support? If at all you want to support Modi, either join NDA or merge your party with BJP. Creating confusion and doing politics which is dependent on such confusion would not last long," Rajnath added.
Rajnath's statement on MNS and Raj Thackeray seems to be a clarification as it was reported that BJP had sought MNS to join NDA. Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari had met Raj Thackeray in Mumbai, however, there were no confirmation of news of MNS joining NDA.
Recently, in an article in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Uddhav Thackeray said that BJP President and BJP's prime ministerial candidate have assured him that Raj Thackeray's party -- Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will not be included in the 'Mahayuti' (grand alliance).
"MNS will not be included in the alliance at any cost and an assurance to this effect has been given by Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi. There is no need to fear split in votes because people will vote for a stable and strong government and show the door to spoilers," Uddhav said in the last part of his interview to party mouth piece 'Saamana'.