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No post-poll alliance with MNS, SP: CM

On the eve of the Mumbai civic polls, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan ruled out a post-poll alliance with the MNS and Samajwadi Party. “There’s a scope to say that the Samajwadi Party has a tacit understanding with the Sena because it will divide secular votes.”

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2012 01:09 IST
Dharmendra Jore

On the eve of the Mumbai civic polls, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan ruled out a post-poll alliance with the MNS and Samajwadi Party. “There’s a scope to say that the Samajwadi Party has a tacit understanding with the Sena because it will divide secular votes.”

He also said that the polls will permanently alter the dynamics of state politics.

“The Congress-NCP combine will render the Shiv Sena irrelevant and ineffective after the poll results are out on February 17.

“Since we’re going to win the BMC with an absolute majority, these polls will be a turning point for Maharashtra politics,” Chavan told the media at his official residence Varsha on Wednesday.

The CM said his confidence stemmed for the fact that the people of Mumbai wanted political change. “The Sena-BJP didn’t have a vision of development and people have realised that only we can bring about that change.”

Chavan said that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will increase its share of votes, but will not get more seats.

“I expect the MNS and Sena to divide Marathi votes, and that will benefit us.”