Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal on Saturday predicted that even before the results of the Lok Sabha results are out, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will lose its steam.
"There are few who are ready to ally with the BJP, even those who are part of NDA, these allies too have resentment. Because, the manner in which the BJP is losing its sense by giving away tickets to anyone, has caused a rift within the NDA. In fact, I was reading that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has himself said that they are going to put up candidates in Uttar Pradesh, and that the alliance with the BJP, was only in Maharashtra. What I feel is that even before the poll results come, the NDA will itself breakup," Agarwal said.
On Friday, the Shiv Sena gave a taste of things to come to its ally, the BJP, in case the Narendra Modi-led party decided to dump its partner in Maharashtra.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has declared that it will field 20 candidates in Uttar Pradesh, as well as field candidates in Delhi, Bihar and Kerala.
The party was initially toying with the idea of fielding candidates against BJP President Rajnath Singh in Lucknow and Narendra Modi in Varanasi.
However, it dropped the plan after a worried BJP leadership took up the issue with the Shiv Sena leadership.