In what may further intensify Shiv Sena’s standoff with its ally, its chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said his party was ready to tread its own way in future if BJP insists on having its mayor in the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
Thackeray was speaking to reporters on sidelines of a meet at Shiv Sena Bhawan in Mumbai, primarily called to discuss its alliance strategy in KDMC. Sena MPs, MLAs and party’s office bearers were present at the meeting chaired by the Sena chief. “If the BJP wants to have its Mayor in the KDMC, it means that they are not interested in an alliance with us. If that is the case, we will tread our own way and they can theirs. People have voted us as the single largest party and I am thankful to them for doing so,” Thackeray said.
He was replying to Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve, who had in a press conference exuded confidence that his party will have a mayor in both, the KDMC and Kolhapur Municipal Corporation. Shiv Sena had on Monday emerged as the single largest party in KDMC bagging 52 seats, but fell short of majority in the 122-member body. The BJP improved its tally by winning 42 seats from the previous nine while Raj Thackeray-led MNS bagged nine seats.
Earlier in the day, the Sena in its editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ had extended an olive branch to the BJP by saying whatever happens during polls is temporary and one should let bygones be bygones.
Responding to Thackeray’s comments, Danve said his party’s future alliance strategy will be decided by the core committee members and that the Sena can do what it wishes to. “Our core committee will decide whether we have to ally with the BJP or with the MNS. The Sena can do what it wishes to,” Danve said.
Meanwhile, Thackeray also said the work done by party ministers and MLAs in the last one year was also discussed in the meet and added that MLAs have complaints of work not being done at the ground level. “Diwali has arrived now but prices of pulses have still not gone down. We have given a letter to the (Maharashtra) chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis), conveying our apprehensions,” he said.