Ruling out the possibility of a tripartite Sena-BJP-MNS alliance, as suggested by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde a week ago, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray said that his party was capable of winning alone.
He even ridiculed Munde by saying that he had earned a bad name.
While addressing the concluding session of the state-level BJP meeting in Aurangabad on February 6, Munde had said that internally the workers of the three parties were in favour of such an alliance, as it would help in wrestling the power from the Congress-NCP alliance.
“There is no intention of forming an alliance. We never spoke about it. It is between the two of them [Sena and BJP]. One speaks for it [Munde] and the other rubbishes it [Sena],” said Thackeray from Nashik, where he met with the party workers to decide the course of action for the upcoming civic elections.
“Elections in the past have shown that we are capable of making it alone,” he added.
His statement comes a day after a strongly-worded editorial in Saamna, considered as the views of its editor and Sena chief Bal Thackeray, stated that there was no space for a third party in an alliance that was built on the common feelings of ‘Hindutva’.
The article also ridiculed MNS as ‘Zandu balm’ (in reference to the use of the word in a Bollywood song).
"There are many who are jealous of the 22-year-old flourishing Shiv Sena-BJP saffron alliance in the state and were keen to break it up," Thackeray said in Saamna.
Reacting to the Zandu balm remark, Thackeray said, “In this case, it is not Munni [referred to in the song], but Munde who has earned a bad name.”