Mumbai, Jan 26: Days after Shiv Sena announced that it will contest Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections, due next year, independently and not in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party would turn out to be the ‘worst losers’ if it happens. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Is Maharashtra Govt Planning to Restrict General Public From Boarding Local Trains?
Devendra Fadnavis, in an interview, said, “Just tell me. If Congress and NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) come together and BJP and Shiv Sena are fighting apart, will that only damage BJP‘s votes? It will damage them badly, much worse than what it will damage us. I think they are quite wise politically.” Also Read - Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan, BJP MP From Khandwa, Dies After Battle With COVID-19
“They (Shiv Sena) will be the worst losers,” the BJP leader said, adding Shiv Sena will change its mind. Recalling that Shiv Sena contested 2014 Assembly elections in Maharashtra on its own, Fadnavis said, “For past three years, I have experience of Sena says many things. But in politics, it is not what you decide, it is what people decide. And it is what circumstances decide. So let us see.” Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah
The Chief Minister had last year told the Shiv Sena to stop playing the roles of a ruling party and an opposition at the same time. However, Shiv Sena paid no heed and continued the attack on the BJP. On January 23, Shiv Sena announced to go solo in the 2019 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly polls.
Ahead of the Assembly elections in 2014, Shiv Sena had decided to part ways with its ally BJP but that separation, however, was short-lived as the two reconciled after just 40 days. However, the two parties have been at loggerheads ever since the BJP has come to power in Maharashtra, the citadel of Shiv Sena.