The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra [ Images ] Navnirman Sena has decided to abstain from voting in the Presidential polls, voting for which began at the Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai [ Images ] on Thursday morning.
The party had not declared its support for either candidate in the run-up to the polls.
Congress in Maharashtra had made efforts to woo the Raj Thackeray-led party to back UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee [ Images ] for the presidential poll.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan [ Images ] is understood to have phoned Thackeray, seeking the support of MNS, which has 12 members in the 288-member legislative assembly.
During his visit to Mumbai earlier this month, NDA-backed presidential candidate PA Sangma had also sought Raj Thackeray's [ Images ] support.
Polling is being held at the Central Hall, on the fourth floor of Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai.