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‘Mellower’ Raj plans MNS rally on May 31 at Sion

This will be Thackeray’s first public rally after the results of the Lok Sabha elections were announced earlier this month.

Following the drubbing his party got in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief  Raj Thackeray seems to mellowed down.

In an uncharacteristic appeal, Thackeray, who has so far projected a stoic image, has put up posters requesting followers to attend his rally at K J Somaiyya Hospital Grounds at Sion on May 31.

Posters stating “Ya mala appalyashi kahi bolaycha ahe,” (Come I have something to say to you) have sprung up across the city.

This will be Thackeray’s first public rally after the results of the Lok Sabha elections were announced earlier this month.

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The MNS was thoroughly trounced in all the 10 Lok Sabha seats it contested and saw its vote share fall from 4.06 per cent to 1.5 per cent.
This is also the first time that the MNS chief, known for his fiery rhetoric, has been forced to come out with posters appealing for supporters to attend his rally.

At the rally, Thackeray is expected to to spell out his party’s agenda for the coming days and is hoping to build up momentum for the upcoming state elections.

“Too much is being read into the posters. These are normal informative posters. He is not mellowing his stance in any way,” a senior MNS leader said.

MNS leaders, meanwhile, claimed the rally would be attended by over a lakh supporters from across the state.

The party is also looking at reviving its toll agitation in an attempt to get back into the public consciousness.

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