Taking a U-turn to the prior statement, the MNS chief made this announcement in Nagpur.
Thackeray said contesting elections is not in his genes and he considers the entire Maharshtra as his constituency, so it would be unfair of him to contest from any single seat.
"Things were different earlier but now I have decided not to contest the polls myself," said Thackeray.
The MNS chief's announcement comes after Shiv Sena-BJP combine performed spectacularly well by winning 42 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats. The MNS candidates faced a huge drubbing in the parliamentary elections and some even lost their deposits.
Only in May had Thackeray desired to contest the Maharashtra Assembly polls. The MNS chief, who quit Shiv Sena in 2005 was the first amongst the Thackeray family to decide to fight an election.