Never again, says Shiv Sena on alliance with BJP
Shiv Sena had broken off its alliance with the BJP ahead of the Maharashtra elections, formed the government with it after the results were announced.
Allies in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and BJP, had split for Municipal Body elections and Shiv Sena savaged BJP after ruling out all alliances with the party in future. Even though current alliance will stay, the two parties will compete in the BMC elections.
Soon after, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, saying, "Power is the means for change not the eventual goal. change will happen. It will happen with you or without you."
This comes after Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar's name was announced in the Padma awards lists. Pawar has received Padma Vibhushan -- the second highest civilian honour in the country after the Bharat Ratna.
Reports have quoted sources as saying that this award appears as a sign of the growing proximity of the BJP and the NCP ahead of the civic elections. The NCP, which was an ally of Congress, had split ahead of the 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections.
Without naming Pawar, Thackeray, in his address to party workers said, "One of the Padma awards was probably 'gurudakshina' (a gift for a teacher)... today the nation wants to know not what I have to say, but what the Shiv Sena has to say (to it)".
Asked about the possibility of a tie-up the BJP, Pawar said, "I will think about it if they come to ask for help to save the government."
Shiv Sena had broken off its alliance with the BJP ahead of the Maharashtra elections, formed the government with it after the results were announced. But since then, it has been seen as a proxy opposition to the BJP -- both at the Centre and the state.
Thackeray along with other Party leaders had on various occasions criticised Narendra Modi government - from its handling of demonetisation to its Pakistan policy and handling of floods and droughts in the country.
The run-up to the civic body elections had witnessed bitter bargaining over seat division between the two parties.
Recently, after Fadnavis had said that a pre-poll alliance was possible only if the Sena acknowledged the BJP's growing clout in the region, Thackeray had hinted that the Sena would not mind going it alone.