Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) The BJP has always “accommodated” its allies despite winning a majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Amit Shah said here today and hoped the party’s bickering partner Shiv Sena would remain with it.

At a press conference after a public rally in suburban Bandra here, Shah said that in Tripura, Assam and elsewhere, the BJP accommodated all its allies despite winning a majority.

“Even in 2019, we will form an NDA government though the BJP will win a majority (on its own),” he said.

Rubbishing claims that allies have deserted the BJP, Shah said, “Since 2014, the NDA partners have grown in numbers and not reduced.” The BJP president, however, evaded a direct response to questions on the Shiv Sena’s constant criticism of his party and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s recent announcement that it would go solo in the next elections.

“They (Sena) are in the government with us now, and it is our strong desire that they remain with us,” Shah said.

Despite attempts by the opposition to isolate the BJP, the party, along with the allies, will win the 2019 polls, he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.