A party leader declared this Tuesday that the Ties have been broken by their very strong regional political party, the ties they had with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) that is ruling most of the country and also in the central government. They were allies for about 3 decades and their alliance was based upon nationalist ideology.
The president of the Party Uddhav Thackeray said, a partner in governing coalition that was formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in the region of western Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, has decided to take part in the elections on their own.
A statement of Thackeray said, “We will contest elections in all states without making an alliance.”
After Modi became prime minister of the country back in 2014, Shiv Sena became the first major party that broke the alliance with Narendra Modi’s BJP.
Keshav Upadhyay, a BJP spokesman in Maharashtra says “The BJP has always wanted an alliance of nationalist parties, “he continues “The Sena’s decision does not worry us. We have a strong network of cadres in the state to contest elections on our own.”
Similar to BJP, Shiv Sena thinks India to be a Hindu Nation without considering the secular constitution of India. The Party takes the comfort of the political influences in the Maharashtra that is the home of the economic capital of India, Mumbai.
The shares of power became the major reason behind the emerging conflicts between the two parties, even though they were allies. A BJP member is the leader of Maharashtra.
A Shiv Sena leader says, “The BJP has become arrogant after winning more seats in 2014 assembly elections, it has neglected its alliance partner in power-sharing,” he did not want to be known because the party is still in the government of the state.
Thackeray had not declared that if the Sena will take back the support they had provided to the state government in Maharashtra, where Shiv Sena has 63 seats in the 288-member state assembly, while BJP has 122 seats.
Devendra Fadnavis, the chief minister of Maharashtra, in Davos, said to the reporters that their government will complete the five-year term.
Pratap Asbe, a political analyst said: “It would be difficult for the BJP to secure a majority in Maharashtra in 2019 without the support of the Shiv Sena,”. The state government is losing the faith of people because it failed miserably in fighting the stress in the rural part.
“It would be difficult for the BJP to secure a majority in Maharashtra in 2019 without the support of the Shiv Sena,” he said.
No party has been able to collect the votes required to form a majority government in Maharashtra in the last 20 years. That pushes the second largest number of lawmakers to the Parliament.