“It does not matter if the alliance is there or not. This alliance was founded on the issue of Hindutva. However, that issue seems to have been kept on the backburner. If this issue is set aside, an alliance with the BJP will not happen. The decision on whether we will ally with the BJP in the future rests on the opinion of my party cadre,” Uddhav said while addressing a rally in Nashik.
He also said the next chief minister of the Maharashtra would be from his party.
On the frequent tiffs that the party has been having with the BJP, Uddhav claimed that it was protesting to warn a friend.
“The party is forced to protest on the streets because the Central government is being criticised. Even in the Uttarakhand case, the government was criticised. As a friend, it is our duty to warn a friend about a crisis,” he said.
He also claimed that the Sena was protesting on the issue of drought in Maharashtra to warn the BJP.
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“If we are not able to provide water to the thirsty, what use is this power and authority of. For this reason, we came out on the streets to warn our friends in power,” said Uddhav.
He questioned the need for having smaller states in the country, in reference to the statehood demand for Vidarbha.
The Sena’s insistence on taking the BJP to task also stems from the fact that the party feels the dominant partner in the ruling combine is at its most vulnerable at this point of time.
The Shiv Sena shares an uneasy alliance with the BJP, which has been marked with political acrimony and bickering.