Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi hinted that an alliance with the BJP is possible.
Ever since NCP president Sharad Pawar had said that BJP government in Maharashtra won’t last for a five year term speculations are rife about whether the saffron party will have an alliance with Shiv Sena. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave strong indications of inducting Sena in the government by attending late Bal Thackeray’s second death anniversary accompanied by his cabinet colleagues. Fadnavis had praised Thackeray and his contribution to the state’s politics. He also promised to construct Balasaheb’s memorial which was a long standing demand of the Sena. Earlier there were reports about only state minister will pay tribute to Balasaheb.
Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi to hinted that an alliance with the BJP is on the cards. He said, “There is a strong likelihood of the Shiv Sena coming together with the BJP on the principles of Hindutva. But we do not know when that will happen. (Sena chief) Uddhavji will take a final call.”
Joshi issued this statement after paying tributes to late Bal Thackeray on the occasion of his second death anniversary at Shivaji Park.
Maharashtra will “definitely” see a Sena Chief Minister in the future, he said but added that “some things take time.”
“I was fortunate enough to become Balasaheb’s shadow during his lifetime. A man of his stature will not be born again. It is unfortunate that the previous government failed to provide a ‘smarak’ (memorial) for the late Sena chief,” Joshi said.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had spoken to Uddhav Thackeray and urged him to join the Maharashtra government.
Speaking about having a tie up Shiv Sena Fadnavis said, “The doors for talks with Sena are not closed. In politics such a thing never happens. Talks are possible,” he had said.
Fadnavis had won a controversial trust vote after NCP declared outside support to his minority government. As the confidence motion was passed by a voice vote, there was an uproar by Sena and Congress, with the two parties petitioning Governor C Vidyasar Rao to direct the government to seek a fresh vote in which its strength be determined through a division of votes.
On the other hand, Sena said that the ruling BJP has failed to live up the people’s expectation. In the editorial published in Saamna, Shiv Sena mentioned that “The BJP has received much more flak for the drama that happened on the day of trust vote than what the Congress and the NCP received during their 15-year tenure in the state. The dreams and hopes of the people of state have been shattered. Who will pay for this now?”
It also added that the people wanted the Sena-BJP to form the government as they were fed up of the corrupt Congress-NCP government. However, people’s aspirations will remain unfulfilled as BJP is relying on NCP’s support which is known as a corrupt party.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde said he was “unaware” of any calls made to Uddhav by the RSS chief and added that Sena should have joined the state government.
“I am surprised to hear about the RSS chief’s call (to Uddhav Thackeray). I have no idea about it. As far as the Sena is concerned, we have always felt that they should have come together with us in the state government. I don’t know why did they appoint a Leader of Opposition in the Assembly,” Tawde said.