BJP a 'wild bull', Shiv Sena calls off all future tie-ups

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Uddhav Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray

Los Angeles : Shiv Sena on Friday accused BJP of “backstabbing” and declaring that the party will “not be going to go with a begging bowl to anyone”.

In a political twist, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced that he was calling off the Sena alliance with the BJP and that his party would contest elections on its own in Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra.

He however made no remarks on Sena’s continuance in the BJP-led government in the state but mentioned, “We lost 25 years. I am announcing a new path for the Sena. Henceforth, I am not going to go with a begging bowl to anyone. From now on, everything that is there will belong only to my Sainik, the saffron flag and Bal Thackeray. Today, I announce that the Sena will not have an alliance with anyone for the upcoming elections.”

Defending BJP, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis posted on Twitter, “Power aint our ultimate goal but a medium of devpt. We’ll take along those who come with us & leave aside who dont. Transformatn is inevitable!”

The Sena and BJP have been governing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) together since 1997 with the Sena playing the lead role. But the Sena grip has loosened — its seat count fell from 103 in 1997 to 75 in 2012.