Prez polls Raj Thackerays MNS abstains

By: admin
Updated: 19 Jul 2012 06:02 AM

Mumbai: The Raj
Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) decided to abstain from
voting in the Presidential elections, polling for which began at the
Vidhan Bhawan on Thursday morning. The party had not declared its support
for either candidate in the run-up to the polls.

Congress in
Maharashtra had made efforts to convince the Raj Thackeray-led party to
back UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee for the presidential poll. Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan is understood to have phoned Thackeray, seeking
the support of MNS, which has 12 members in the 288-member Legislative

During his visit to Mumbai earlier this month,
NDA-backed presidential candidate PA Sangma had also sought Raj
Thackeray's support. Polling is being held at the Central Hall, on the
fourth floor of Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai.