Mumbai, November 15: In a bid to dampen Bharatiya Janata Party’s prospects in Gujarat Assembly elections, Shiv Sena ministers from Maharashtra will campaign against its ally in the neighbouring state. The Sena has decided to field its candidates from 50-75 seats in Gujarat polls, a senior party leader had said.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party had contested around 40 seats in the 2012 Assembly elections in Gujarat, but failed to grab any seat in the state where the BJP is in power for over two decades.
Rajul Patel, Sena’s Gujarati wing coordinator said leaders and ministers will start campaigning once nominations are filed, Hindustan Times reported. “Not just Gujarati leaders, our ministers and star campaigners will also visit Gujarat,” she said.
Thackeray is also likely to address a rally in the poll-bound state.
Apart from south Gujarat, Sena will contest in Saurashtra and Kutch regions. The party will not enter into any kind of pact with either the ruling BJP or any other party.
The Sena and the BJP are partners in the ruling coalitions at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
The two-phased Gujarat elections for 182-member Assembly will take place on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will be on December 18.
With inputs from PTI