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Shiv Sena to fight 2019 Lok Sabha, Assembly polls alone; Aaditya Thackeray elevated

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday passed the resolution not to align with the Bhartiya Janata Party in 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

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The Shiv Sena on Tuesday passed a resolution not to align with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

A decision of Shiv Sena to go alone in 2019 was taken in the Party's National Executive Meet in Mumbai.

The resolution moved by Sena MP Sanjay Raut was passed unanimously.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the party will win 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 Sena shares an uneasy alliance with the BJP in the state and has been vocal in opposing some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies.

Meanwhile, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, was also elevated as the party leader during the meet.

State Minister Eknath Shinde, Union Minister Anant Geete and Lok Sabha MPs - Chandrakant Khaire and Anandrao Adsul were elevated as party leaders. 

Vithalrao Gaikwad and Union leader Raghunath Kuchik were elected as new deputy leaders of the party.

Uddhav Thackeray's personal assistant Milind Narvekar was also elevated as party secretary.

The Shiv Sena is holding internal polls to elect its party president and other functionaries today, the birth anniversary of its founder Bal Thackeray.

The party also resolved to establish Hindu Rashtra in the country, where Hindus and Hindutva get due, where the saffron flag flies over the country.

Addressing the executive meet, Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for going soft on Pakistan despite the rhetoric. 

He also announced that he will contest elections outside Maharashtra on Hindutva plank, will never put this agenda on back burner regardless of electoral success.

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