Current strength in Lok Sabha: 11
Leadership: Udhav Thackeray, president
The Shiv Sena is one of the two non-BJP outfits, apart from the Akali Dal, to declare support for Narendra Modi as prime ministerial aspirant.
The coming election would be the first with Udhav at the helm and the party is expected to find it tough.
Two points of interest are: i) whether the Shiv Sena will back Sushma Swaraj after the election (they initially backed her) ii) Whether the party will take the MNS back
Most likely to: Be with the NDA
MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena)
Current strength in Lok Sabha: 0
Leadership: Raj Thackeray, president
Impact: Got Jet Airways employees reinstated after they were laid off
The MNS does what the Shiv Sena did in the 1960s – aggressively promote Marathi interests.
A point of interest is whether the MNS would merge with the Shiv Sena.
Most likely to: Avoid a Third FrontImage: Chief of India's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Raj Thackeray gestures during a press conference in Mumbai on October 31, 2008