Sena still silent on joining BJP

first_imgAmid reports of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena reaching a consensus over seat sharing in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Sena has said that no such agreement has been reached. “Uddhavji’s first public rally will be announced within two days and he will be speaking on the issue of an alliance there. Till then, no news about any alliance should be trusted,” said a senior Sena leader. He said that nobody other than Mr. Thackeray is allowed to speak on the issue.A senior BJP minister in the State government claimed that the real issue between two parties is no longer about the number of seats. “After the way in which the Sena has attacked the BJP, it is necessary to find a valid reason to join hands again. Until that is found, there will be no alliance as it will send wrong signals to the cadre,” he said. At present, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is patching things up between BJP president Amit Shah and Mr. Thackeray and later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seen sharing the stage with the Sena chief, the minister said. “Seat sharing formula is not really the major concern. How to make voters accept the BJP and Sena on the same platform again, is one concern that we are working on,” he said. The Sena, on the other hand, has begun preparations for the polls and is also holding party workers’ programmes in the seats presently held by the BJP. Last week, the Sena held one such programme in Vile Parle, which falls in the Mumbai north west constituency, held presently by the BJP’s Poonam Mahajan. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray too is on a drought tour in the interiors of Maharashtra. Mr. Uddhav Thackeray is likely to address a rally at Pachora in Jalgaon on Friday.last_img