Ashok Chavan’s masterstroke during the Maharashtra Assembly election of 2009 to use Raj Thackeray to electorally damage the Shiv Sena-BJP is well known, but he has not been credited enough for this. This led to an unprecedented third term for the Congress in the state (rarity in the post1996 era)
The Congress legislative party is Maharashtra is held between a rock and a hard place. Congress is reduced to the Number 4 party in Maharashtra and is a filler in the MVA government. The Sena and NCP are taking the party for granted. However the Congress state unit has limited options.