Mumbai, January 27: Twist and turns in Maharashtra politics continues as Shiv Sena and BJP 25-year-old alliance finally came to an end on Thursday. Notably, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday announced the breaking of an alliance for the upcoming civic elections in Maharashtra.
Uddhav Thackrey t a party workers' rally in suburban Goregaon slammed BJP and said, "We shall not go around with a begging bowl. We have wasted 25 years in this alliance. But no more. Shiv Sena will contest all the civic body elections independently and will not have an alliance with them (BJP) henceforth.”
The move to sever the alliance was greeted with cheers and a thunderous applause, and party workers chanted to Thackeray's call for fighting the ensuing elections separately. Attacking Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his recent order banning all kinds of religious activities and poojas in all government offices and institutions, Thackeray demanded that it should be withdrawn.
The BJP did not spare even Mahatma Gandhi and removed his pictures from the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) diaries and calendars for this year, he said, referring to the use of pictures of PM Modi instead.
Comparing BJP to a bull which has run amok, he said the time has come to tame it, he said before declaring the break-up of their political partnership. "I have full confidence in my Shiv Sainiks... With their help, we shall fly the saffron flag in Maharashtra independently," he said.
Shiv Sena has cleared that, the alliance has been broken forever and contest in upcoming BMC elections solely. It has also cleared that however in the state government the alliance will be continued for the betterment of the state.
Our stance is clear. We have supported the government because we do not want Maharashtra to be unstable as this will hurt the farmers and the working class,” said Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and party leader Sanjay Raut, while however adding that it was not possible to say when this “support” will continue.
On the other side, CM Devendra Fadnavis also backfired at Shiv Sena and tweeted, “Power aint our ultimate goal but a medium of devpt.We'll take along those who come with us &leave aside who dont.Transformatn is inevitable!” Aiming towards the corruption in BMC, CM Fadnavis said, “We pledge to walk on the path of transparency!”
The Shiv Sena is upset at the BJP, which was earlier it's junior ally in the saffron alliance gaining the upper hand after the two parties went solo in the state assembly elections in 2014. While the BJP secured 122 seats, the Shiv Sena ended up as a distant number two with 63. Though it joined the Fadnavis government after a short stint on the opposition benches, Sena leaders admit that they are uncomfortable playing second fiddle to the BJP.
Notably, the Shiv Sena and BJP have ruled the BMC since 1997. In 1985, the Sena romped to power in the BMC on its own and in 1989, the Shiv Sena and the BJP entered into an alliance in Maharashtra. However, during the 1992 BMC elections, the saffron alliance split with the two parties going their own way. This led to the Congress wresting control over the civic body.
The BMC polls will be held on February 21, and results will be announced on February 23.