Mumbai, Feb 23 (PTI) With the trends indicating early lead for Shiv Sena in the BMC polls, a senior party leader today exuded confidence that there will be no need for them to forge an alliance with BJP in the Mumbai civic body. Also Read - Congress Releases First List of 13 Candidates For West Bengal Assembly Elections | Full List Here

“The response of the people has been very good. There are several places where the Sena is leading. This is all due to the faith of people in the leadership of (late Sena supremo) Balasaheb (Thackeray) and Uddhav ji,” Sena MP Anil Desai told reporters at the Sena Bhavan here. Also Read - BJP Candidates List For West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021

“People of Mumbai, with their wisdom, are ready to bring the Sena to power on its own. There will be no alliance needed (with the BJP),” he said. Also Read - ‘200% Confident of Victory’: Suvendu Adhikari Says Will Defeat Mamata Banerjee by Over 50,000 Votes in West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021

To a query on Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve’s visit to ‘Matoshree’ (Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence) yesterday, Desai said it was a personal visit.

“He had only come to invite Uddhav ji to his son’s wedding. It was a personal visit and no hidden political meaning should be seen behind it,” he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.