Mumbai, May 24: Shiv Sena, which had announced to contest 2019 Lok Sabha election on its own and not with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Thursday said it was open to joining the Grand Alliance of Opposition parties if a proposal comes. Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said the party was open to joining an anti-BJP alliance. Also Read - Is it Enough to Light Diyas For 9 Mins? Here's What Shashi Tharoor Has to Say
“If a proposal comes, naturally we’ll think about it and party chief will take a decision on it,” Sawant told a news channel. The Shiv Sena MP said the final decision on any such proposal will be taken by party chief Uddhav Thackeray. However, he initially said that there was no question of joining any alliance for next general elections. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Seeks Support of India's Sports Heroes in COVID-19 Battle; Stars Promise to do Their Bit
“Right now, it’s not a question of being a part of a grand alliance. The government failed miserably to deliver acche din which it promised. Therefore, we have to defeat them for which we should come together,” Sawant said. When asked whether the Shiv Sena was open to a grand alliance to defeat the BJP, the Sena leader offered his clearest answer, saying, “we are open”. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Reaffirmed my Belief That we Can’t Let Our Guard Down After April 14 Lockdown: Sachin Tendulkar
Sawant’s comment comes just a day after opposition parties displayed a show of strength during the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru. Among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony were Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia, BSP chief Mayawati, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu.
Earlier today, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray launched a scathing attack on ally BJP, saying that there are no ideals left in the party. He alleged that the ‘saffron party’ is no longer ‘saffron’ and that anyone with money and power can join it, PTI reported. He was addressing a rally for Sena candidate Shrinivas Wanaga for the upcoming Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll scheduled for May 28.
“The saffron flag under which you had been working with Chintaman Wanaga is not saffron anymore. There are no ideals left in that party. You get entry into the party if you show a (money) bag. The honest people I have with me are my money bags. We do not get lured by money,” Thackeray said.