Maharashtra CM Fadnavis confident of BJP’s pre-poll alliance with Sena

Jalna: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) alliance with the Shiv Sena for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election is “certain” and all internal differences will be resolved by the two saffron parties. He said there are differences of opinion in every home, but they are ultimately resolved.

Fadnavis said that it is “certain” that the BJP will have an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Maharashtra, which sends 48 members, the second highest, to the Lower House of Parliament. The Chief Minister was talking to reporters after the concluding programme of an animal fair held in Jalna in the Marathwada region of central Maharashtra. Early last year, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had declared his party will fight all future elections on its own.

The Shiv Sena is a constituent of the BJP-led ruling coalitions in Maharashtra and also at the Centre, but it routinely criticises its alliance partner’s leaders and government policies. Minister of State for Diary Development and Shiv Sena leader Arjun Khotkar was also present. On differences between Khotkar and Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve, Fadnavis said, “I have come to (Jalna) to resolve differences.”

Notably, Khotkar and Danve have been attacking each other at public platforms. Khotkar has declared that he will contest the Lok Sabha election against Danve from Jalna, the seat currently held by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader. Danve was not present at the programme. Speaking to media persons, Khotkar, who also hails from Jalna district, asserted he would not backout from his decision to contest against Danve. The Shiv Sena leader claimed the people of Jalna are with him.

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