Shiv Sena breaks ties with BJP, to go solo in Mumbai civic polls

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav ThackerayShiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray declared that Shiv Sena, which shares power with the BJP in the state and the Centre, would break the alliance and go it alone in the civic polls in Maharashtra.

The break up would, however, have no impact on the governments at the present.

Addressing party workers, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “The Sena alone will ensure saffron flag flies high in Maharashtra. I will not go to anyone asking and begging for an alliance. I will not survive on leftovers. From now on, the Sena will contest civic and zilla parishad polls on its own.”

Referring to the 25 -year-alliance wit the BJP, said his party has wasted all these years by sticking with the BJP.

The Sena and the BJP have begun talks over sharing of seats two weeks ago. The talks, however, came to a stalemate when the BJP saw as an insult Sena’s offer of 60 seats out of 227 to the BJP.

Meanwhile, senior Sena leader and state minister Ramdas Kadam said he and his colleagues in the BJP-led government carried resignation letters in their pockets and are awaiting Thackeray’s directions.

“We will resign when Uddhavji asks us to do so,” Kadam told reporters here. He said the Sena MPs have decided to boycott the all-party MPs meeting called by Mahashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis ahead of the Budget Session.

After days of uncertainty whether or not to snap ties with the BJP for the coming civic polls in Mumbai, Thackeray announcing that Sena would go for the jugular, said his party would contest the civic polls solo.

Reacting, Fadnavis said “change” was inevitable. Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve was confident the state government will complete its full term.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya today said the party will release a “black paper” on the BMC scams.

Reacting to it, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “Anyone will get up and ask questions? People should learn to stay in their limits. Since we don’t want to destabilise the state, the alliance would continue for some more time.”