Despite the first phase of polling in Maharashtra having concluded in Vidarbha on Thursday, the Shiv Sena and MNS are yet to publish their election manifestos. The remaining 38 constituencies of the state will go for polls in the next two phases on April 17 and 24.
Though the BJP has published its manifesto, party leaders from the state said they were planning a "supplementary manifesto" for Maharashtra which could cover local issues and problems. "This is expected to be unveiled soon," said a state BJP leader.
"We are deciding (the manifesto)," said Subhash Desai, Shiv Sena group leader in the state assembly, adding that the work had been delayed because of the leaders of the five-party 'Mahayuti' headed by the Shiv Sena and BJP being busy with campaigning and election tours.
"We want a complete change in the system through the polls. We have been moving around in Maharashtra and the people are fed up of the Congress- NCP. Regardless of any manifestos or promises, the people will boot out the Congress," claimed a Sena leader. The Shiv Sena, which has a quota of 22 of the 48 seats from Maharashtra, is contesting at 20 places, having left two-- Satara and Hatkanangale for its allies, the RPI (Athavale) and Swabhimaani Paksha respectively. The BJP is contesting 25, having left one-- Madha for the Swabhimaani Paksha.
The estranged cousins-- Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and MNS chief Raj have much depending on their performance in the polls, which will be the first to take place after the death of Sena chief Bal Thackeray in November 2012.
On its part, the MNS, which also claims to be working on a "blueprint" for the state's development , said they too were in the process of deciding on their manifesto. "We are working on it. It will be out in a few days," said MNS general secretary Anil Shidore. The MNS is contesting 10 seats from Maharashtra and has supported the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) in two segments-- Maval and Raigad.