Shiv Sena's victory in Lok Sabha elections doesn't come as surprise | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis I am glad that Raj Thackeray has been silenced for now . two reasons for that--- For one thing , maharashtrians were getting the tag of ' regionalists ' in the eyes of many due to Raj's statements and activities . Somewhere it hurt me , for we maharashtrians have given the nation some of it's greatest nationalists like Lokmanya Tilak , Veer Savarkar and Nathuram Godse . Now that maharashtrians have voted for BJP and Modi , I hope the regionalist tag is wiped off and people realise that we are part of the national mainstream . Secondly , Raj's MNS party was dividing the anti Congress vote in Maharashtra . But as of now the marathi voter has realised this folly and voted for BJP Shiv sena . This will keep Congress out of power ( hopefully ) in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections .