Shiv Sena calls off Mumbai pact with BJP: You stabbed us, I set you free

Thackeray did not, however, comment on Sena’s continuance in the BJP-led government in the state.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: January 27, 2017 10:53 am
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The Sena and BJP have been governing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) together since 1997 with the Sena playing the lead role. But the Sena grip has loosened — its seat count fell from 103 in 1997 to 75 in 2012.

Accusing the BJP of “backstabbing” his party and declaring that he was “not going to go with a begging bowl to anyone”, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced Thursday that he was calling off the Sena alliance with the BJP. He said his party would contest elections to urban bodies in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra on its own.

Thackeray did not, however, comment on Sena’s continuance in the BJP-led government in the state. The Sena has been targeting the BJP in the state and at the Centre, its attacks more pronounced after the demonetisation announcement.

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In first remarks, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP would usher in change in the state on its own. On Twitter, he wrote: “Power aint our ultimate goal but a medium of devpt. We’ll take along those who come with us & leave aside who dont. Transformatn is inevitable!”

Addressing party workers in Mumbai, Thackeray said: “We lost 25 years. I am announcing a new path for the Sena. Henceforth, I am not going to go with a begging bowl to anyone. From now on, everything that is there will belong only to my Sainik, the saffron flag and Bal Thackeray. Today, I announce that the Sena will not have an alliance with anyone for the upcoming elections.”

The Sena and BJP have been governing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) together since 1997 with the Sena playing the lead role. But the Sena grip has loosened — its seat count fell from 103 in 1997 to 75 in 2012.

The BJP, which believes it has gained ground in Maharashtra, especially after the 2014 assembly elections, wanted to field 114 party candidates for the 227 BMC seats. But the Sena wanted the BJP to contest only 60 seats.

There was speculation earlier that talks between Thackeray and Fadnavis would resolve the crisis. But Thackeray said the BJP did not seem interested in the alliance and he never received a call from any senior leader. He said the Sena put up with the alliance “for the sake of Hindutva and the belief that Hindu votes should not get divided”.

He accused the BJP of backstabbing its ally. “The posts of the PM and CM are with you. We have never hankered for power. Did we ever ask for the post of the Deputy CM or lucrative ministries? But you (BJP) have taken it further, deciding to attack us in our own home. I am not the one to take this lying down. Today, I set you free,” he said.

Thackeray also claimed that the BJP was “staring at defeat” in Uttar Pradesh. “The one who removed the picture of Gandhi is now being forced to say Hey Ram in UP. They know they are losing in that state, so they have started taking the name of Ram and Ram Janmabhoomi,” he said.

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    Milind
    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    This is total madness
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      Rms Rms
      Jan 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm
      This drama is being pla out once again, as it was pla out in 2014. The need for greed will probably return once again!
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        Nirmun patel
        Jan 27, 2017 at 2:25 am
        It's about time false promises of Modi and co gets recognised where is promised ram mandir which he screamed out in Gujarat after riots?? Just using ignorants for their financial gains by killing ordinary miyans!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Wipe em of Maharashtra and India about time u showed some courage Uddhav.
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          Nirmun patel
          Jan 27, 2017 at 2:30 am
          It's sena who instigated the hindutva in people not BJP and every time BJP got to Delhi all they did was har celebs cricketers and ordinary people!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Only sena is a real hindutva party and They will do fine I say they should go solo all over India
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            SubbuI
            Jan 27, 2017 at 9:34 am
            NATURALLY CORRUPT PARTY CHIEF SHARAD PAWAR AWARDED "PADMA VIBUSHAN" BY NONE ITHER THAN THE MAN WHO TOLD NCP IS NATURALLY CORRUPT PARTY AND THIS NALAYAK NMODI CALLS HIM SELR ANTI CORRUPTION CRUSADER. SHAME.SHAME
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              SubbuI
              Jan 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
              THIS IS USUAL DRAME BY THIS SENA AND BJP BEFORE ELECTIONS. THESE PARTYS WILL FIGHT SEPERATELY THEN FORM GOVERNMENT OR RULING CORONATION COMBINEDLY. THIS IS LIKE ONE STONE AND TWO MANGOS. lt;br/gt;ONE CADRE IS HAPPY TO FIGHT MORE SEATS AND POWER IN HAND AFTER ALL DRAMA
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                Kaliyug
                Jan 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm
                Some people are liars that they get Cancer in their mouths, yet they win the PadmaVibhusan, god alone knows what they did for India, apart from loot it.
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                  Kaliyug
                  Jan 27, 2017 at 7:40 pm
                  Uddhav can join hands with Rahul and Kejriwal ridiculing the PM for his every action, as long as it does not benefit this trio.
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                    Dr.Damodar Biswal
                    Jan 27, 2017 at 6:26 am
                    Shows the arrogant atude of Sena leaders.Lost pority but not arrogance.
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                      Nabarun
                      Jan 27, 2017 at 3:18 am
                      'Matashree' is too small to harness pan India vision.
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                        mohan
                        Jan 27, 2017 at 4:22 am
                        Fools will say that Udhav has done a great job.I say he has committed harakiri.Has SS got any independent status with its pority at its lower ebbandBJP gaining strength in Maharashtra,the only state in which SS has got some pockets of influence.Udhav has proved that he is not intelligent enough to read the mood of public.Daily abuse of BJPandModiji has not paid.Why he does not withdraw from State Govtandthe centre.So his rant that he is freeing BJP is worthless.Have the courageandwithdraw from Coiliation andsee the status it enjoys.
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                          jagdish gogawale
                          Jan 28, 2017 at 6:40 am
                          This happened in kaliyug . Modi shared party with Pawar ,Mehbooba, that whats .
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                            Kabir
                            Jan 27, 2017 at 5:00 am
                            And moti bag is big enough to have it? May be it is but you need space in between two ears.
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                              Kabir
                              Jan 27, 2017 at 4:55 am
                              BJP, party of backstabbing parasites.. :)
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                                Kabir
                                Jan 27, 2017 at 5:02 am
                                He he , if the sainik get the freedom they need BJP will be wiped off of Maharashtra in a day..
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                                  KP Pillai
                                  Jan 27, 2017 at 12:36 am
                                  A man who understands no politics !!!
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                                    KRK
                                    Jan 27, 2017 at 6:59 am
                                    all 2 rs people. they should not be trusted with anything. You never know when they will get back together.. B H E N C H O D
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                                      Manu USA
                                      Jan 27, 2017 at 1:21 am
                                      Bal Thakrey was just another kind of person, who just promoted thug n muscle power.
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                                        Intolerant Logic80
                                        Jan 27, 2017 at 7:49 am
                                        SS has to lose. He has got more charbi. Uddhav is forgetting that he is there becoz of his father. A loss will bring him down to earth and his senses. I am saying this in spite of being Maharastrian. He cannot digest the growth of BJP in Maharastra. He is worried, will end up as Raj Thackrey.
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                                          Ram
                                          Jan 27, 2017 at 9:08 am
                                          Thats why BJP has given Padma awards to Shard pawar to connect with NCP.lt;br/gt;Problem is PM was telling NCP (Naturally corrupt party).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now SS will go alone
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                                            Manzoor
                                            Jan 27, 2017 at 7:37 am
                                            Like UP (Mulayam clan) this is another drama.
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