Shiv Sena to end three decade old alliance with BJP, go solo in 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Mumbai: Shiv Sena has decided to end its alliance with the BJP.
The party has decided that it will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, alone.
The national executive of the Shiv Sena has taken the decision during its meeting at Mumbai. The party leader Sanjay Raut moved this proposal, which was later passed unanimously.
The Sena aims at winning 25 seats in state in the next Parliamentary election. Addressing the gathering, party president Uddhav Thackeray said that the Shiv Sena would fight all the future elections without any alliance.
This clearly signals an exit from NDA. Thackeray said that party will fight for the cause of Hindutva. During the speech he attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies.
Also, hee asked why Modi didn't take Israeli PM to Lal Chowk in Srinagar to hoist flag in Kashmir, instead of Ahmedabad. This would have sent the right signal, he said.
Sena had an alliance with the BJP since 1989 and for almost three decades the two parties have been together, though there have been conflicts at the state-level. In the municipal polls, the parties had fought separately but later came together.