The Shiv Sena on Monday said it would field candidates in BJP-ruled Gujarat, where Assembly election is due by the year-end, indicating fissures in the two decades-old saffron alliance.
“Shiv Sena will contest the upcoming Gujarat Assembly election. We are making preparations in this regard,” party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.
Raut, however, did not say how many seats the party would contest in Gujarat, which has 182 Assembly segments.
Sena is an ally of BJP in Maharashtra and also at the national level where it is part of the NDA. The announcement to contest polls in Gujarat comes a day after Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray said senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj would make a “great choice” for the Prime Minister’s post.