The Congress was actively considering inviting Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray to campaign in Madhya Pradesh, especially in seats where the Maharashtrian population is on the higher sideIndore, Bhopal, Betul and Balaghat. He was to be invited not for Congress programmes but to launch free-agent attacks on PM Modi at independently organised functions. The Congress also reckoned that the Muslim voters would understand’ and vote for them. But then something else made the Congress decide against inviting Thackeray. The MNS attacks on North Indians still rankle, and the Congress was worried Thackeray’s presence would alienate this demographic.