Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday announced that his party would contest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) solo, thereby ruling out an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In a repeat of the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena has once again decided to fight it out alone. Thackeray confirmed that the Shiv Sena will not enter into an alliance with any party.
The Sena chief also referred to the BJP as a “wild bull” that had got out of control and now had to be “tamed”.
They (BJP) have many gundas in their party but we don't have gundas, we have mawlas (sainik): Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/AtAMjbGFlN
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 26, 2017
If Shiv Sena has the guts then it should withdraw support from State and Centre,otherwise its just empty rhetoric: Sanjay Nirupam,Congress pic.twitter.com/R5C92vnoFg
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 27, 2017
According to reports, Sena and the BJP held seat-sharing talks but failed to reach an agreement.
“I will not go into an alliance, from now the fight has started,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray’s statement comes days after Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve earlier this week said that his party was hoping for a positive response from its ally which could lead to an amicable seat-sharing formula.
The BMC polls will be held on February 21, and results will be announced on February 23.