2019 Lok Sabha, Assembly Polls: RSS dead keen on BJP-Sena alliance

Mumbai: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ideological parent of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is dead keen for tie up with Shiv Sena for next Lok Sabha and state assembly poll to avoid divide in votes on Hindutwa agenda. According to RSS insider, Mohan Bhagwat, in his meeting with Nitin Gadkari, union minister and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis discussed the nitty-gritty of the possible alliance and affect on results if contested the polls separately. Bhagwat met Gadkari and Fadnavis separately after returning back from Chicago this week.

Bhagwat, during his speech at World Hindu Congress held in Chicago on September 8, had stated that in initial days, when RSS karyakartas (workers) used to talk to the Hindus about organising them, they used to say, ‘sher kabhi jhund mein nahi chalta’ (a lion never walks in a group). But even that lion or a royal Bengal tiger who is the king of the jungle, if left alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy him.

The RSS insider elaborated the meaning of Bhagwat and said, in present political situation, all parties coming together under umbrella of Mahagathbandhan (mega- alliance) to defeat a lion, that’s the BJP. “BJP needs to keep National Democratic Alliance (NDA) intact and it should hold the relationship with allies of NDA resolving issues between them if they are unhappy with NDA,” said the RSS source.

Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam has quit NDA last March and the Shiv Sena is not happy with the BJP. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had already announced to go solo in 2019 LS and assembly polls and started preparation for it. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray though has political differences with the BJP who never leaves any opportunity to criticise the BJP-led state and central governments despite being ally of BJP, he has maintained good relationship with the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Uddhav had visited Reshim Baugh, headquarters of the RSS in Nagpur during his visit to the marriage ceremony of Nitin Gadkari’s son.

Sanjay Raut, Sena spokesperson had recently said, “Sena was natural friend of BJP and their alliance was based on agenda of Hindutwa. However, now Sena is biggest political enemy (rajkiya shatroo) of the BJP. The Sena’s radical Hinduism would prove problematic for the BJP.” CM while speaking at Nagpur on Saturday said, “if Congress and Nationalist Congress Party would have alliance and if BJP and Sena will contest separately, it will be loss for both Sena-BJP. Hence, I am of the opinion that BJP and Sena should have alliance for the next poll.” Sena spokesperson Dr Neelam Gorhe said, “BJP president Amit Shah had recently visited Matoshree, official residence of Thackeray twice and enjoyed breakfast. But, this is does not mean they had talks of alliance.

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