SENA TO FIGHT POLLS IN FOUR STATES THAT BJP IS EYE­ING

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Buoyed by its Bi­har ex­per­i­ment, where it fielded more than 80 can­di­dates and got two lakh votes dur­ing the state Assem­bly polls last year, the Shiv Sena is now out to em­bar­rass ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), again.

The Sena plans to con­test four state elec­tions in West Ben­gal, As­sam, Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala, and field can­di­dates in­de­pen­dent of the BJP’s plans. On Satur­day, the Sena de­clared its first list of 24 of the 45-odd can­di­dates it plans to field in Ker­ala. While in Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala, the Sena may only put up a to­ken fight, it is keen on mak­ing an im­pact in As­sam and West Ben­gal — two states the BJP also wants to make sig­nif­i­cant gains in. Part of the plan is to send se­nior lead­ers, in­clud­ing MPs, to cam­paign there.

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