1. Gujarat Election 2017: More trouble for BJP, after ally JDU jumps in, Shiv Sena too to contest polls

Gujarat Election 2017: More trouble for BJP, after ally JDU jumps in, Shiv Sena too to contest polls

Gujarat Election 2017: More trouble arises for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat as the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is all set to contest 50 to 75 seats in the state.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 10, 2017 1:44 PM
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Gujarat Election 2017: More trouble arises for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat as the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is all set to contest 50 to 75 seats in the state. According to Indian Express, Sena will be fighting in the assembly elections mainly on the agenda of Hindutva. Anil Desai, the Rajya Sabha MP of Shiv Sena on Thursday was quoted saying, “We will be contesting in Gujarat. We have undertaken studies and are targeting around 50 to 75 constituencies for which we will announce candidates soon.” He added, “We will fight on the issue of Hindutva. Development is another issue that we will carry forward.” Desai is currently in Ahmedabad with a team of Shiv Sena leader including the newly inducted Gujarati face Hemraj Shah who had switched over from the NCP and Mumbai corporator Rajul Patel to scout for constituencies.

According to the report, the move by the Shiv Sena is being seen as an attempt to snub the BJP. Off late, the party has been trying to fight election outside Maharashtra but has had little success in the attempt.

It even to contested polls in the Delhi municipal elections where it faced a resounding defeat as 55 of its 56 candidates lost their deposits. A candidate forfeits the deposit on failing to win at least a sixth of the total eligible votes cast in the elections, according to the Election Commission rules. In their attempt, only one Sena candidate in Delhi could get 1/6th of the total votes polled. The party even received a similar drubbing in Uttar Pradesh as well where only one of the total 57 candidates managed to save deposit. It had polled only 88,595 votes, which was 0.1 per cent of the total votes polled. As far as the party’s position in Goa is concerned where it contested on three seats, Sena lost its deposit in all three drawing only 792 votes (0.09 per cent).

  1. Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
    Nov 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    Shiv sena has no holding ground anywhere other than Maharashtra. Will he carry forward Marathi Manoos agenda to Gujarat also. All Gujarathis know SS anti Gujarathi stand all these years how they harassed Gujarati traders in Mumbai. They also know how BT and now UT are all opposed to Morarji Desai, a Gujarathi from naming a bridge after him. It is better if SS remains a local party.
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      Apte
      Nov 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm
      1. Shiv Sena (SS) should be renamed as “All India Shiv Sena”! Then Shri Thackeray should ask all SS ministers in Maharashtra cabinet to submit their resignations to chief minister Shri Fadnavis. Since SS has a Minister in the Central govt. too, the said minister too should submit his resignation. Once all these resignations are submitted and accepted, Shri Thackeray becomes a ‘free’ man to contest against BJP in Gujarat. 2. Even if SS is an alliance party of BJP in NDA), creates troubles for BJP, it is ‘tolerated’ as necessitated by circumstances! One cannot understand why BJP is so desperate to retain power in Maharashtra at all costs. 3. Obviously, SS too is desperate to be in power in Maharashtra. Apparently, Shri Uddhav Thackeray SS chief cannot walk out of NDA, as he is scared of a vertical split in his party-fear is that many SS MLAs may break-away and cross over to BJP. Let us see whether Shri Thackeray has courage to walk out of NDA.
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