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Hardy BJP ready to flex muscles

While the BJP’s ambition to get a shot at chief ministership in Maharashtra may have led to the parting of ways with its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena, it was part of a larger strategy of the ruling party to build on the momentum generated by the Narendra Modi wave to expand its base across the country.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2014 01:25 IST
Kumar Uttam

While the BJP’s ambition to get a shot at chief ministership in Maharashtra may have led to the parting of ways with its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena, it was part of a larger strategy of the ruling party to build on the momentum generated by the Narendra Modi wave to expand its base across the country.

Party sources said the BJP is no longer willing to play second fiddle to regional parties as the party top brass is convinced that it is the best time for them to go for broke.

This is why the party chose to go alone in Haryana, abandoning its partner Haryana Janhit Congress and refusing to re-align with the INLD, said sources.

Although the BJP has sent overtures to Babulal Marandi for an alliance in Jharkhand, sources said that any pre-poll tie up would be on the BJP’s terms.

“The Modi wave has not lost steam yet with some pro-development schemes by the government catching the people’s imagination. There is also huge anti-incumbency against Congress and the NCP after 15 years of rule. This is the best recipe to win Maharashtra on our own strength,” the party leader said.

The BJP now hopes to make inroads in the urban pockets of Maharashtra that had been under control of the Sena.

Trouble started brewing the BJP-Sena camp when the BJP wanted to contest 135 seats — up from 119 seats it has been contesting. The Sena agreed to offer up to 126 seats, but the BJP wouldn’t budge from its stance.

The aggression in the party’s strategy is being attributed to BJP president Amit Shah. He has the image of a leader who goes for the kill and the latest gambit in Maharashtra is reflective of that.

Sena is the third NDA ally, after the HJC of Haryana and JD(U) of Bihar to have broken ranks with the NDA in the last year.