The dissatisfaction of the party cadres has surfaced after the exit polls predicted a poor result for the MNS in the recently held election. The MNS could manage just one seat in the Maharashtra election (SB Sonavane won in Junnar) and lost all three of its Nasik seats to the BJP. Its vote-share fell to 3.1 per cent. In the 2009 election, it had won 13 seats with 5.7 per cent vote-share.
Raj Thackeray had questioned cousin Uddhav Thackeray's understanding of politics at the time of quitting the Shiv Sena and float his own party but now his own partymen have been questioning him on same grounds.
MNS could win only one seat in this election while lost 3 to the BJP in Nashik
Sources in the MNS said Thackeray criticised Narendra Modi before the Lok Sabha election but when BJP leaders met him, he backed Modi but spoke about fielding candidates against the Shiv Sena. During the assembly poll, Thackeray started targetting Modi again and backed Modi, which doesn't reflect well on the party's ideological stand, the leader told the ET.
It was also said that Thackeray's decision not to contest the assembly polls after expressing a desire initially also did not help the party. The delay in kicking off the campaign also hit the party hard, sources in the MNS said.