After announcing that Shiv Sena will be contesting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) without any alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), party supremo Uddhav Thackeray today said that Shiv Sena should be credited for all good works in Mumbai.
After announcing that Shiv Sena will be contesting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) without any alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), party supremo Uddhav Thackeray today said that Shiv Sena should be credited for all good works in Mumbai. Stating that the party has started the poll campaigning from today, Uddhav claimed that after 20 days the headlines will be that their party has won the BMC polls. The Shiv Sena chief even showed a copy of an Economic Survey and quoted it saying that the municipal corporation’s work is transparent.
Uddhav, on January 26 has announced that Shiv Sena will not go for an alliance with the BJP in the upcoming civic polls. Uddhav Thackeray ruling out the possibility of a pre-poll pact with BJP alleged that the saffron has hired ‘gundas’ (goons) in the party as they can’t fight against the Shiv Sena ‘sainiks’. Claiming that Shiv Sena is not worried about the BMC polls, Uddhav Thackeray asserted that they will win the civic polls. He further stated that in the 50 years of Sena, the party has wasted 25 years because of alliance. Uddhav said that from now on the Sena will be fighting alone and won’t approach anyone for alliance.
Party sources said that if the alliance breaks down in Mumbai, any alignment with BJP for the remaining nine municipal corporations and 25 Zilla Parishads is highly unlikely. Sources in Sena said all party ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, corporators, vibhag pramukhs, sampark pramukhs and allied frontal organisations have been instructed to remain present in the rally at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon. Suspense also continues on whether Thackeray and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would meet for one last time to hammer out a pre-poll alliance.
Also reports had indicated that the MNS, struggling for political power in Maharashtra, may join Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, in order to make a tactical balance in the upcoming civic polls. Previously, the Shiv Sena was reluctant on a coalition but after leaving the BJP alliance, the equation may have changed.