Pune: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray Monday launched his Lok Sabha campaign in his inimitable style, with attacks on the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP while strongly supporting BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Targetting the Shiv Sena led by his estranged cousin Uddhav, Raj said that if Uddhav's party wanted his cooperation, it could have just called for a meeting, and there was no need to make statements like "we are ready to clap hands".
"In fact, BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari sent several messages and even met me and sought my cooperation, but without giving any concrete ideas for an alliance for months," he said.
The MNS chief said Gadkari also asked him not to field candidates for the election, but he refused to oblige.
Raj said both Gadkari and Munde later told him it was Uddhav who was not willing to cooperate with him or accept the MNS in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.