Monday, 21 January, 2019

Shiv Sena to part ways with BJP; will contest 2019 elections solo

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray Shiv Sena to part ways with BJP; will contest 2019 elections solo
Melinda Barton | 23 January, 2018, 11:02

The resolution, which was the first that was read out by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, stated that the Sena would fight both the Lok Sabha as well as assembly elections on its own.

Shiv Sena had for the first time chose to break alliance with the saffron party when it made a decision to contest the Mumbai municipal elections alone.

The resolution was passed unanimously at the party's National Executive meeting here. "Had he hoisted the tricolour at Lal chowk, we would have felt a sense of pride towards our PM", Uddhav Thackeray said. Adding further, he said, "Aaditya would play a major role and will have a say while discussing the strategy for the next assembly election scheduled in 2019". The party has pledged to win at least 25 seats (out of 48) in the Lok Sabha in Maharashtra and 150 seats (out of 288) in state assembly.

Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi Uddhav said, "PM calls himself "Pant Pradhan" and all he does is travel overseas".

"He (Modi) took Israeli PM to Ahmedabad". The Sena and its chief Uddhav Thackeray have been the sharpest critics of the BJP at the centre as well as the state, the latter despite their coalition government.

"Nitin Gadkari came to Maharashtra and insulted the Navy which guards our borders here". In the recent past, Shiv Sena at many fronts had raised voice against the function of the current BJP-led government at the center and criticised various policies and the way the government has worked on to bring reforms. "People of armed forces are the ones with real 56 inch chest, how can you insult them?"

With its eyes set on the 2019 elections, the Shiv Sena's national executive meeting at Mumbai's NSCI grounds chose to go solo. Also, handled the BMC poll in January 2017 which had became a significant and prestigious issue for the party while maintaining its strong hold over Mumbai. With his promotion, the Shiv Sena will see the third generation of leadership from the Thackeray family.