WILL THEY, WON’T THEY?
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.