It's a cruel joke that began making the rounds of social media soon after it became clear that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had bagged only seven seats in the BMC elections.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray had, in his inimitable style, implored Mumbaikars for their 'saath' - support that would help the floundering party find its feet again in the city. The MNS, which had not been in the pink of health before the elections were announced, had hoped that the breakup of the BJP Sena alliance, would help it recover its own stature.
In his speeches, Raj had exhorted people - 'Tumchya Rajala saath dya' (Support your Raj). In a cruel twist to that exhortation, Mumbaikars voted in a mere 'saat'MNS candidates to the BMC body, results of which have just been declared.
The MNS chief, himself a talented caricaturist, is unlikely to miss the humour of the situation, grim though it might be. The message to the MNS from the Mumbaikar has been loud and clear. Thackeray, whose personal charisma still holds considerable cache among the common man in the city, is unlikely to spend time licking his wounds. It would be interesting to watch his next move now.
A few years ago, Thackeray had told the audience, "Mauka sabko milta hai". Will the MNS get another opportunity to resurrect itself? Till then, Thackeray would do well to retain the 'saath' of the 'saat' corporators his party has been blessed with.