Mumbai, Jan 23: In a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party, as its long-time ally, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday decided to go alone in the crucial 2019 national and assembly polls.
The resolution was moved by Sena leader MP Sanjay Raut, who said the BJP had been demoralising the party for the last three years news agency PTI reported.
The resolution was passed unanimously in the party’s National Executive meet here.
“I moved the resolution for the Shiv Sena to fight the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls on its own in 2019,” Raut asserted.
He also said the party will clinch at least 25 Lok Sabha seats (out of a total 48 in Maharashtra) and 125 Assembly seats (out of a total 288) in the state.
“The BJP allied with the Sena in the name of Hindutva and the Sena kept patience for Hindutva. However, the BJP in the last three years has been demoralising the Sena and using power to do so,” Raut stated.
However, this is not the first time, the Sena has decided to contest independent of its ally in last four years.
As in the October 2014 assembly polls, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance had broken down and both parties fought the elections independently. Later, after poll verdict the sena joined the ruling BJP in December that year.