Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

The Shiv Sena is one of the old­est al­lies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Since 2014, the Sena has spared no op­por­tu­nity to at­tack the Bjp-led gov­ern­ments, both at the Cen­tre and in the state

The rea­son – both fought the Assem­bly elec­tions sep­a­rately and the BJP grabbed power

Even the BJP has been crit­i­cal of the Sena

In 2017 BMC elec­tions, the BJP did not ally with the Sena and called it a mafia

The Sena de­clared that it would not ally with the BJP for any elec­tions hence­forth

BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah warned the Sena that if there is no al­liance for 2019, his party would crush its al­lies along with his op­po­nents

This in­fu­ri­ated the Sena and now Thack­eray has re­torted say­ing “the one who can trounce the Sena is still to be born”

De­spite this, with the resur­gent Con­gress-ncp al­ready fi­nal­is­ing their seat ad­just­ments, both top lead­ers con­cede that al­liance is in­evitable

The Sena, see­ing the pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion of the BJP, where it re­cently lost power in three states, will now try to ex­tract max­i­mum seats from the al­liance. “It is im­per­a­tive to have a strong coun­try in­stead of just a strong gov­ern­ment. Modi and the BJP must look at the coun­try’s his­tory to see what work had been done dur­ing coali­tion gov­ern­ments vis-a-vis a sin­gle-party dom­i­nated gov­ern­ment. What is the use of a prime min­is­ter, who in­stead of tack­ling coun­try’s en­e­mies, be­comes a bur­den on its cit­i­zens?"

Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray ad­dresses party work­ers at the NSCI ground in Worli on Sun­day.

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