After BJP’s indications that they might consider going solo in the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, now Shiv Sena has responded with its reply.
Sources say that Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thakrey today contact all big leaders and district president of his party, asking them to be mentally prepared to contest all 288 seats in forthcoming assembly election which is scheduled to be held in October 2014.
After a day-long meeting of state executive members, on Thursday, held at Andheri Sports Complex, BJP leadership tried to pacify agitated cadres, who said that they would be required to rely on alliance partners like Shiv Sena, RPI for success in the state polls. They gave a call that it would prepare to fight all 288 seats in upcoming assembly elections.
Shiv Sena, traditionally, contests 174 seats, while BJP contests only 114 in the state Assembly polls. In last Loksabha elections, the BJP won 23 seats, and Shiv Sena 18 seat. The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, created in 1988, is one of the oldest and successful alliance in country.
BJP cadre wants to go solo in Maharashtra polls, but seniors shoot down idea
Over 3,000 BJP members from across the state attended the programme, which saw presence of Rajiv Pratap Rudy, in-charge of Maharashtra and MP from Chhapra, union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Nitin Gadkari. "We have a 25-year-old association with the Shiv Sena. Just because we have come to power at the centre does not mean we leave their hand. They have been our friends through thick and thin," said Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP president. Earlier Madhu Chavan, spokesperson for state BJP had said that the party should go alone in the assembly elections and there was no need to continue the alliance. "After such a great growth at the national level do we still need to be 'bonsai' in state," Chavan said. Read more