Scotching speculation of any alliance between the Shiv Sena-BJP and Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday said there was no need for a "third one" in the combine.
"The Sena-BJP alliance was formed on the issue of Hindutva and we have fought strongly against many who came in the way. Our alliance is the only answer for all problems of Maharashtra and there is no need for a third one," Thackeray said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
There were reports in the media that the Sena-BJP may go with the MNS in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation polls scheduled next year. MNS chief Raj's courtesy visit to state BJP office last year had sparked the reports.
Asked about the reports, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had said on Sunday that the decision about forging an alliance with any other party would be taken at the national level.
Senior BJP leader and MP Gopinath Munde had expressed the possibility of the party joining hands with MNS, saying such an alliance can bring down Congress-NCP ruling Government in the state. He was speaking in the context of MNS dividing votes of the saffron alliance during last Assembly polls which could be avoided with the new formula.
Commenting on Munde's proposal, Thackeray said, "We have a special affection for Munde and he may be having a national perspective while working at the national level. But still we believe in the 'family planning' formula of one or two is enough."