“Our alliance is as deep as the ocean of Hindutva. That was not the case in Bihar and Hariyana”

Mumbai : Shiv Sena appears to have toned down a bit, by reiterating that their alliance with BJP is over the principle of ‘Hindutva’ and not for any ‘shallow political gains’.

Through the editorial of the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena on Monday, made its stand clear over the saffron alliance in the state. “Our alliance is as deep as the ocean of Hindutva. That was not the case in Bihar and Hariyana,” the editorial read, adding that, “BJP leadership also realises this.”

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut too on Monday rubbished rumours about cracks emerging in the alliance between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Just because the BJP’s alliance with Kuldeep Bishnoi in Haryana has collapsed, it doesn’t hold truth in the case with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.

This is totally false. We have been in alliance for the last 25 years based on ‘Hindutva’. We do not want any division of Hindu votes. The Congress should not get power either in state or at the national level; that is why we are together,” Raut said.

“The alliance has been formed based on principles and policies… Rumours that our alliance will collapse just because of two or four seats will prove wrong as our alliance will emerge stronger in the coming days,” he added.

Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) leader Kuldeep Bishnoi had earlier announced the snapping of ties with the BJP alleging betrayal by the latter as the reason for ending its three-year-old alliance.

Interestingly, in veiled indication to BJP over probable consequences of drifting away from the alliance, Saamana editorial also says that, “people of Maharashtra will not spare anyone who would deceive the ‘Hindutva’ for which the saffron alliance is known for.”

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