Shiv Sena breaks alliance with BJP, says ‘Fight begins now’

Uddhav Thackeray

Jan 27: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday ruled out its alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that “not going to go with a begging bowl to anyone” and accusing it of “backstabbing” his party.

He said his party would contest elections to urban bodies in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra on its own.

Shiv Sena has been targeting BJP since a long time now and the attacks increased after demonetization was announced. However, Thackeray did not comment over Sena’s continuance in the BJP-led government in the state.

In first remarks, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP would usher in a change in the state on its own. On Twitter, he wrote: “Power is not our ultimate goal but a medium of development. We’ll take along those who come with us & leave aside who dont. Transformation is inevitable.”

Addressing party workers in Mumbai, Thackeray said: “We lost 25 years. I am announcing a new path for the Sena. Henceforth, I am not going to go with a begging bowl to anyone. From now on, everything that is there will belong only to my Sainik, the saffron flag and Bal Thackeray. Today, I announce that the Sena will not have an alliance with anyone for the upcoming elections.”

Shiv Sena and BJP has been together governing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) since 1997.

Thackeray also claimed that the BJP was “staring at defeat” in Uttar Pradesh. “The one who removed the picture of Gandhi is now being forced to say Hey Ram in UP. They know they are losing in that state, so they have started taking the name of Ram and Ram Janmabhoomi,” he said.

Wefornews Bureau

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