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BJP, Shiv Sena lock horns over Chimur by-elections

Shiv Sena and BJP are engaged in a battle of nerves over who should contest the Chimur assembly by-poll.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 23:46 IST

Opposition and alliance partners in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and BJP, are engaged in a battle of nerves over who should contest the Chimur assembly by-poll.

Both the parties have announced they would be contesting the by-election, each making it clear that there was no question of "backtracking".

A day after Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray announced that "Chimur belonged to Sena and we will contest the by-poll", Maharashtra BJP strongman Gopinath Munde said in Mumbai on Wednesday that his party would contest the by-poll as "ours is the only party which can take on Congress".

The reference to Congress by Munde is being seen by political analysts as a signal to the Sena, whose candidate Vijay Wadettiwar recently quit the seat and joined his mentor Narayan Rane, a former Sena leader, in the Congress which heads the coalition government in Maharasthra.

BJP is putting up Ramesh Gajbhe, a former state minister and a past winner from the seat in Vidarbha region, as its nominee.

Munde said BJP and Sena leadership have decided to authorise respective party units to decide on the issue of an alliance in the forthcoming local bodies elections.

"BJP and Sena would contest the Brihammumbai Municipal Corporation election jointly," the former Deputy CM said.