Fad­navis, Ud­dhav driv­ing talks for an al­liance in BMC elec­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge

MUM­BAI: De­spite all the mud­sling­ing and crit­i­cism of each other over the past two years, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena have de­cided to hold talks for an al­liance in the polls for the coun­try’s rich­est civic body, Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC). The pri­mary rea­son for the talks to be back on the ta­ble is the top lead­ers — chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis and Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray — of the saf­fron al­lies.

So why are Fad­navis and

Thack­eray look­ing at break­ing bread to­gether in the BMC polls and, if pos­si­ble, even across the state in the up­com­ing elec­tions?

Sources in both the par­ties said that the lead­ers are erring on the side of cau­tion to give the tie-up talks a shot. The fo­cus is 2019 Assem­bly polls and the re­main­ing two-and-half-year term of the gov­ern­ment,

said sources.

An­other rea­son for the par­ties to stick to­gether is that they will be solely re­spon­si­ble for the out­come of the polls.

HT PHOTO: PRATHAM GOKHALE

Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis at an event in Vile Parle on Fri­day.

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