Shiv Sena, BJP plan different paths to achieve same goal
Barely an hour after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its decision to split from the Shiv Sena, its 25-year-old ally in Maharashtra, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray immediately convened meetings with senior leaders and started to act on his plan B.india Updated: Sep 26, 2014 01:13 IST
Barely an hour after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its decision to split from the Shiv Sena, its 25-year-old ally in Maharashtra, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray immediately convened meetings with senior leaders and started to act on his plan B.
The party leadership is now giving final touches to the Sena’s plan of campaigning alone for the upcoming Assembly polls.
During his party’s national executive meeting on Sunday, Uddhav had given an ultimatum to the BJP to either accept his final formula or part ways. Source said the Sena chief has now made up his mind to face the elections solo.
The response that he received from Shiv Sainiks during and after his powerful speech, a sea change from his otherwise docile image, has made the party more confident of a victory, a source said.
On Thursday, Sainiks were seen outside the Thackeray residence Matoshree in Bandra cheering the decision of breaking the alliance, and giving soundbytes that Uddhav will be the next chief minister of Maharashtra.
Winning over 150 seats in the 288 state poll game and bagging the chief minister’s post of Maharashtra has become the sole aim of the Sena and thousands of its activists spread across the state.
“We are fighting all 288 seats now and will release our list soon. We have a mission in front of us to win 150 seats or more, and we will move towards achieving it,” said MP Anil Desai, one of Uddhav’s close aides and a crucial member of the mediation team talking to the BJP for the past fortnight.
For the past week, senior leaders of the party had started talking to independents and members of other parties to contest on tickets in areas where the Sena has little presence. Also, there are people who wanted to join the Sena in constituencies represented by the BJP, which is now possible.
Even though Uddhav has not made any official statement after the split, he said he will be putting forth his view at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse on Saturday. And gauging the upbeat mood among the party workers, and voters’ support, Uddhav may just take his political critics by surprise this Assembly election.
First Published: Sep 26, 2014 01:10 IST