Mumbai: The political tug-of-war between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the politics has reached a brim of snapping ties, but they patch-up. The recent spat between the two has been over the construction of Ram mandir and Hindutva issue. As the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls near, the BJP seems more keen for an alliance, while Sena has portrayed itself to be distancing from the alliance partner.
BJP wants Sena to continue with the alliance to ensure the opposition parties, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are kept away from power, yet again. Sena has decided to flex its muscles a bit more while bargaining with BJP. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray recently said, ‘the next Chief Minister (CM) will be from the Sena.’ Chandrakant Patil, the minister for revenue on Thursday said, “The next CM will be definitely from either of our two parties -BJP or Sena. The CM will be not from Congress and NCP. However, if Sena wants their CM then they need to ally with us in the next polls.”
Patil further said, this time the seat sharing and CM post adjustment will be different. “The party which wins one more than the alliance partner will head the state. If Sena wins one more seat us, Thackeray will have the right to choose the chief minister,” said Patil. The BJP and Sena combined have 40 Members of Parliament and they have combined185 legislators in the Assembly. Patil feels confident if Sena-BJP alliance remains intact, they will get more seats.
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