Maharashtra: Will not break alliance with BJP keeping interests of people in mind: Shiv Sena

The Maharashtra party in its mouthpiece Saamna said that despite the differences they have with the BJP, they won't break the alliance

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Maharashtra: Will not break alliance with BJP keeping interests of people in mind: Shiv Sena

It appears that while Maharashtra party Shiv Sena will be critical of its ally – the BJP’s decisions and shout protests over factors such as fuel hike, it won’t break the alliance in order to ‘protect the interests of the people’.

The frayed relationship between saffron allies -- the BJP and Shiv Sena -- had come under fresh strain after Sena MP Sanjay Raut had recently said his party will soon decide on whether to continue in the two-party coalition government in Maharashtra.

However, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' today said "the party would not end the coalition when assembly elections are two years away and will continue to remain in power to protect the interests of people".

Shiv Sena has 12 ministers in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government, including five of the Cabinet rank. Maharashtra has a 39-member council of ministers. The party has one minister in the NDA ministry at the centre.

The editorial also hit out at the railways and the central government, alleging that their apathy led to Friday's stampede at the Elphinstone station that killed 23 people.

The Sena also took a swipe at the ambitious bullet train project from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, saying, "what is the use of the bullet train when you cannot provide basic infrastructure to local commuters?"

The swipe comes soon after Maharashtra Navnariman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray, who is the first cousin of Sena President Uddhav, said that until the present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for bullet train in Mumbai.

With PTI Inputs

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