Shiv Sena Won’t Align With BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Polls

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Credit: PTI

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today passed a resolution not to align with the BJP and go solo in the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra assembly polls next year.

The resolution was moved by Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who said the BJP had been demoralising the party for the last three years.

The resolution was passed unanimously in the party’s National Executive meet here.

“I moved the resolution for the Shiv Sena to fight the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls on its own in 2019,” Raut said.

He 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 BJP allied with the Sena in the name of Hindutva and the Sena kept patience for Hindutva. However, the BJP in the last three years has been demoralising the Sena and using power to do so,” Raut said.

Senior Sena leaders backed Raut’s resolution.

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

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is set to be re-elected as there is no other nomination for the post, party sources earlier said.

A meeting of senior Sena leaders was held at Thackeray’s ‘Matoshree’ bungalow in suburban Bandra yesterday to discuss the internal polls.

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  • ashok759

    A high risk strategy. The SS calculation is that if it fights separately from the BJP, both parties, between them, will secure an absolute majority. They can then come together, as they did after the assembly elections in October 2014 and the recent BMC elections. If the Sena wins more seats, it could claim the CM’s post. In any case, it would got more and meatier portfolios. The downside is that if the Congress and the NCP fight jointly, they could cross the halfway mark. After 15 years of incumbency, the Congress and the NCP had won 41 and 40 seats, respectively, in 2014, with another 36 lost by narrow margins which would have come to them in a joint endeavour. So the four major contestants need to be guided by pragmatism more than emotion.