In an unprecedented election controversy, a shocking video has been accessed on Tuesday which shows MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) workers forcing a man to apologise to their party chief Raj Thackeray because he shared posts against the leader on social media.
The 1-minute video first shows the MNS workers forcing the man from Maharastra's Ambernath to apologise to Raj Thackeray with folded hands for sharing hate posts against him on social media. After a few seconds, the video clip shows the party workers threatening the man to hold his ears and do 25 sit-ups.
Notably, MNS chief Raj Thackeray is not present at the spot during the entire video.
As per inputs, the man from Ambernath had mocked Raj Thackeray over an interview of the MNS chief. Taking note of the man's comments, MNS workers harassed him and threatened him to apologise to the party and Raj Thackeray.
In March, the MNS chief had announced that he will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, Raj Thackeray has assured to campaign against the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in support of the Congress-NCP alliance in the state of Maharashtra.
Raj Thackeray had held several rallies in Maharashtra in the month of April, wherein he had spoken against the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In Maharashtra, BJP and Shiv Sena had joined hands in the month of February after ending their differences.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), founded in 2006 by Raj Thackeray after he fell out with Shiv Sena patriarch and his uncle Bal Thackeray, reached its zenith in 2009 assembly elections when it won 13 out of total 288 seats. In the assembly elections held that year, the MNS won only one seat in Maharashtra. Recently, that lone MLA from Junnar in Pune district has joined the Shiv Sena.
After Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra is the second largest state in terms of Lok Sabha seats. UP has 80 seats while Maharashtra has 48 seats.