Shiv Sena’s youth wing leader Aditya Thackeray Wednesday said there were three BJP leaders who were instrumental in causing the split in the saffron alliance.
Although he did not name the BJP leaders, Sena sources said the party held state BJP leaders Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde and Ashish Shelar responsible for the break-up.
“The Sena leadership is very upset with the alliance break-up and has asked its workers to ensure all three BJP leaders are defeated in the Assembly elections,” Sena sources said.
“Since we are a separate party and contesting all 288 seats, we will surely fight BJP leaders. Obviously, there is no reason why our supporters should help Tawde, Shelar and Khadse. They are all political rivals,” a Sena leader said.
State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said, “In any elections, it is the people who exercise their votes and decide who to elect. So, while someone may issue directives against our leaders, it’s the people who will decide.”
“Khadse is a senior leader who has been elected six times. People will vote for him again. Nobody can defeat him. Similarly, Tawde and Shelar will also win the elections,” Fadnavis said.
Khadse is contesting from his Muktainagar (north Maharashtra) seat while Tawde is in fray for Borivali seat. Shelar is contesting from Bandra West (Mumbai) Assembly constituency.