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Mumbai: Shiv Sena-BJP tie-up inevitable, says BJP minister

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Mumbai: A senior BJP cabinet minister in Maharashtra on Tuesday said his party and its bickering ally Shiv Sena will lose the 2019 Assembly polls if they fight separately, and discussions for alliance are going on.

“A Sena leader close to (Shiv Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray recently came to my house and we held talks about alliance. Preserving the alliance is a necessity for both the parties, because if the Congress and NCP fight together and we fight separately, both (saffron) parties will lose. If we come together, we will win around 190 seats (out of 288),” the minister told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

When asked about Thackeray’s assertion that his party will fight all polls in future on its own, the minister pointed out Bihar. A large number of people in both the BJP and Sena want the alliance to continue, he claimed.