Miffed BJP ally Shiv Sena to contest in UP, Bihar and Delhi

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 23 2014, 00:40am hrs
In an apparent riposte to Bharatiya Janata Party's recent overtures to Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena today said it will field candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi for Lok Sabha election but at the same stressed that it will not contest against Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Rajnath Singh.

Shiv Sena, an NDA constituent led by Uddhav Thackeray, insisted that its alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party is restricted to Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena is said to be miffed due to former Bharatiya Janata Party chief Nitin Gadkari's luncheon meeting with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, estranged cousin of Uddhav, in Mumbai on March 3. Raj had later announced his party's support for BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.

"We have our alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, not in UP. We will strive to expand our party in other parts of the country. Shiv Sena will field 20 candidates in Uttar Pradesh," Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut told reporters tody.

It will also contest five seats in Bihar and seven in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Uddhav's son and Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray in a tweet said that Sena would not field candidates against Modi, who will contest from Varanasi in UP, and Rajnath Singh in Lucknow.

"Those who even believe such funny rumours, well, I feel sorry for them. Therefore, obv not contesting in Varanasi and Lucknow," Aaditya tweeted.

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