Won’t be surprised if BJP breaks alliance: Shiv Sena

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We will not be surprised if the BJP breaks the alliance with the Shiv Sena prior to Maharashtra assembly polls, senior party leader Subhash Desai said, as sought to know what was wrong in projecting Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray as the chief ministerial candidate.

“Last time we were caught by surprise when the BJP broke alliance with us at the last minute. We were not prepared for it. However, if they do so again, we will not be surprised because we have already prepared ourselves, not just on paper but on ground as well. Our grassroots workers have toiled hard in the last 5 years and are now ready for any challenge,” Desai said in an interview to rajkaran.com

The Sena minister for Industries added that during the 2014 assembly elections, the BJP had announced the breakup of alliance just a day ahead of the last day of filing nomination papers. “But we are now prepared to fight all 288 seats in the worst case scenario. Yet, we are positive that the BJP and Sena will fight elections together,” he said.

Desai said leaders from both parties, except those who are afraid of losing a chance to get a ticket, are in favour of an alliance. He added that there are a large number of voters, who vote for the saffron allies when they fight together. “We do not want to lose out on such voters. Besides, the Congress and the NCP are bound to benefit if we contest separately,” he said.

When asked if Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray’s ‘Jan Aashirwad Yatra’ was aimed at projecting him as the Sena’s chief ministerial candidate, he asked what was wrong in doing so.

“What is wrong if he is projected as the chief minister? The leadership of both parties have decided on keeping the top post for half the term. Besides, Aaditya’s yatra is aimed at winning the trust of the common man and people are accepting him as their leader with the tremendous response he received throughout his tour. Compared to the last election, he has become much mature now and his speech has also improved considerably,” the Sena leader said.

Asked about the recent visit of Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s meet with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Desai said the decision on Nanar refinery was final and that the land that was to be acquired for the project was already denotified by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

“We have opposed the project because the locals are averse to it. We had promised the people of Konkan region that the project will not come up there as long as they were opposed to it. Even the alliance with the BJP was sealed on the condition that the project at Nanar would be scrapped,” Desai said.

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