The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)
() is a political party based in Maharashtra
operating on the motto of "Sons of the Soil". It was founded on the March 9, 2006 in Mumbai
by Raj Thackeray
after he left the Shiv Sena
due to differences with Uddhav Thackeray
and sidelining in major decisions like distribution of election tickets.
The party was founded by Raj Thackeray, nephew of Shiv Sena
leader Bal Thackeray
. Raj Thackeray resigned from his uncle's party in January 2006 and announced his intention to start a new political party. The reason given by him for breaking away from the Shiv Sena was that the latter was "run by petty clerks" because of which it had "fallen from its former glory". Also Mr. Thackeray had a clear motive of building political awareness for the development related issues of the state and giving them a center stage in national politics.
At the time of the party's foundation, Raj Thackeray stated that he does not want to have hostilities with his uncle who "was, is and always will be (his) mentor".
Although the MNS is a break-away group from the Sena, the party is still based on Marathi
and Bhumiputra ideologies. When unveiling the party in an assembly at Shivaji Park he said, that everyone is anxious to see what will happen to Hindutva.P. 1048 Indian Political Parties Annual, 2006
By Mahendra Gaur. When unveiling, he also said,"I shall elaborate on the party's stance on... Read More