This was why Shiv Sena divorced BJP for BMC Elections 2017

In a move that sent shockwaves through the political circles in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, on Thursday, confirmed that the party is ending the 25-year-old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming BMC Elections 2017 that will be held across Maharashtra.

“We shall not go around with a begging bowl. We have wasted 25 years in this alliance. But no more. Shiv Sena will contest all the civic body elections independently and will not have an alliance with them — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) henceforth,” said Uddhav Thackeray, blasting their allies at the Centre, at a Shiv Sena workers’ rally in Goregaon in Mumbai, on the evening of India’s 68 Republic Day.

In the speech, Uddhav Thackeray criticised the BJP, which is Shiv Sena’s alliance partner not only at the Centre, but in Maharashtra as well. He also added that he isn’t worried about the result of the BMC Elections 2017 as he is sure Shiv Sena will win all the elections. “As many as 25 years of the Sena’s history were wasted because of alliances,” Uddhav Thackeray went on to taunt the BJP.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray photo

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray

“While the Sena has ‘mawlas’ (sainik) in its ranks, the BJP has ‘gundas’,” Uddhav Thackeray said in his continuous attack on the BJP. The Shiv Sena chief launched a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well. As the move was announced, it was welcomed with massive cheers and applause from Shiv Sena workers, who have been have constantly demanding that the party fights the BMC Elections 2017alone.

Over the last few days, there has been constant speculation over the BJP-Sena alliance as far the BMC Elections 2017 was concerned. The Mumbai civic polls will be held on February 21, and results of the same will be announced on February 23.

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