As BJP eyes UP prize, allies Shiv Sena, Akali Dal enter poll fray

Uddhav Thackeray to visit PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi for Ganga Aarti.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2016 9:04 am
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Two NDA allies, the Shiv Sena and the Shiromani Akali Dal, have decided to field candidates in the forthcoming UP Assembly polls in a bid to “expand” their base beyond their traditional spheres of influence. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party has decided to contest 200 out of 403 Assembly seats in UP, will soon visit PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi to perform Ganga Aarti.

“Yes, it will be the first Ganga Aarti that Uddhav Thackeray ji will perform in Uttar Pradesh. The time has yet not been decided, but obviously it has to be done before the Assembly elections. We are fielding candidates in 200 seats in UP,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut told The Indian Express.

Sena has never fielded more than 20-25 candidates in UP in any election.

“Yes, we have never fielded such large number of candidates in Uttar Pradesh earlier. But then every party has a right to expand. What is wrong if Sena wants to go beyond Maharashtra and grow its political strength. It is true that Sena had never decided fight in UP so seriously,” he said. Asked if his party had approached BJP for any alliance in UP, Raut said there were no such talks.

Raut, who looks after Sena affairs in Uttar Pradesh, held a number of meetings with several political leaders last week. Sena is trying rope in leaders from other parties who are unlikely to get tickets.

About SAD’s decision to contest polls in UP, Raut said, “We are small parties. We also have a right to expand.”

SAD has already declared that it has identified 30-odd “winnable seats” in UP. In September, it issued its first list of 21 candidates.

The Akalis’ are fielding candidates in constituencies with considerable Sikh and Punjabi population, including Pilibhit, Ghaziabad, Gola, Bilaspur (Rampur) and Rae Bareli.

The party had earlier said that it will seek an alliance with the BJP in UP on the Punjab pattern or will contest alone. In UP, there are around 45 seats where Punjabis can either help a candidate of their choice win or spoil somebody else’s chance.

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    Abrrad
    Oct 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm
    Shiva sena can try best to hurt BJP, but will loose their deposits and Akalidal dal cannot handle Punjab now, where it's going to get routed but wants to expand base in another state. BJP will form govt, for better of UP and India.
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      Hodid
      Oct 17, 2016 at 6:46 am
      How can people from states other than Maharashtra fall for a party call 'Shiv Sena'; Cannot they choose a name which reflects and respects all those leaders from various parts of the contry? . . not possible? right . .then just think that these guys are just looking to cash on shivaji's name like the pseudo gan*dhis did .. . can youimagine shivaji running around with a scarf and sittin w day on parked motorbikes and watching public bhaviour, hitting couples, pelting stones .. . .Shivaji would have doen suicide if he knew . .that these bunch of unemplo hafta vasoolers in his name or any festival aare going to make him famous in this way . . . . pathetic people, roudy people and anti-consutional people. They cannot run legislature, they do not have think tanks, they cannot get elected alone (even maharashtrians don't like them), when they get elected with alliance they find faults and feel stiffeled, they get their guys killed . . . they operate on the ideology of the goondas in mithundas films . ..
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        Bakumbai
        Oct 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm
        All these developments are good things for BJP.
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          John Dsouza
          Oct 17, 2016 at 9:16 am
          People of UP have to think very intelligently and voted, which party will will be best suited for the welfare of that state. Not crooks in the name of religion.
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            Shivan
            Oct 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm
            Shiv Sena has to explain why it is willing to spend party funds to fight polls in distant UP as this is nothing but of nuisance value. Moreover, all their candidates will lose their deposits. Shiv Sena has been sulking for last couple of years since it does not have a CM in Maharashtra and has to play second fiddle to BJP in the state and at the Centre. This is a reflection of that sulk. Uddhav has to become more mature
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              madan gupta
              Oct 17, 2016 at 12:37 am
              Drug Mafia Badal has ruined BJP in Punjab, it will repeat same thing in UP.
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                mumbikar
                Oct 18, 2016 at 12:19 am
                @srividya jayaraman, sir, have u were lived in mumbai to know what the SS is? have u lived in Gujarat to know what the BJP is? see what is happening in Maharashtra today with the SS/BJP alliance !!! everyday there is some hartal,morcha, mumbai was a cosmopolitan city till one year back, now, people live in fear, everyone. everyday. goondagiri is practiced openly with support from the government.
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                  mumbikar
                  Oct 17, 2016 at 4:36 am
                  combine all three of them and the result is DISASTER !!!!!! onething is for sure, UP better get ready for big scale riots, because riot specialist shah and Thackeray are there !!!!
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                    Manas Sarkar
                    Oct 17, 2016 at 10:47 am
                    Through Shiv sena out of Maharashtra Govt. Akali is going to loose next poll in Panjab...
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                      narayan
                      Oct 17, 2016 at 9:14 am
                      they are spoilers.won't make much impact. BJP should consider fighting alone in Punjab election.
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                        r
                        Oct 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                        Innocent Khasabs riot even for Danish cartoon, Sadam's hanging and Israel's attack on Palestinians on Fridays and victims are shop keepers.
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                          r
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm
                          That is why they discard congress
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                            Ram Shankar
                            Oct 17, 2016 at 2:37 am
                            How so, no one in UP will have a clue what Akali Dal is...
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                              ramkishan
                              Oct 17, 2016 at 11:13 pm
                              Sir , when Ganga Maa can call a person from Gujrat to contest from UP why can,t Ganga Maa call a person to perform Arti at Varanasi.Shiv Sena is also a hindu party like BJP and has every right to serve Bhagwan Ram by contesting from UP. Akalis even allowed Arun Jetli to contest from Amritsar . Unfortunately he lost by a big margin in 2014
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                                Syed Syed
                                Oct 17, 2016 at 6:24 pm
                                Both the parties would hardly affect UP poll results.
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