Be prepared to go solo: Fadnavis to party workers

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

After the by-election of Palghar and Gondia, the BJP seems to have realised that there is no need of an alliance with the Shiv Sena and the party is ready to contest the upcoming election on its own. 

Mumbai: After the by-election of Palghar and Gondia, the BJP seems to have realised that there is no need of an alliance with the Shiv Sena and the party is ready to contest the upcoming election on its own. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed the party workers to prepare their minds to go solo. He was speaking with the party cadre at Vasant Smruti, BJP’s Mumbai office. 

“It was a myth that if the Shiv Sena contests the election against BJP at Palghar, then it would be difficult for us to win, but the results show that BJP can win even after contesting against the Shiv Sena,” he said. 

“We are still trying for an alliance with the Shiv Sena. If that doesn’t happen, then we should be ready for contesting the elections on our own,” said Fadnavis.

After the Palghar by-poll, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray declared that the Shiv Sena is not going to ally with the BJP or any party.

However, even though the BJP lost the Gondia seat with large margin, the Palghar victory gave the BJP confidence. “Don’t think about whether Shiv Sena is with you or not, just start preperations for the elections,” Fadnavis advised. 

Meanwhile, BJP State President Raosaheb Danave appealed to the Shiv Sena to continue the alliance. “The BJP is trying for an alliance with them,” he said. 

By-polls for Lok Sabha and Assembly seats were recently held across the nation, which the BJP lost heavily. The election was for 14 seats, out of which four were for Parliament. The BJP retained only 2 Parliament seats. 

After the defeat, the BJP started to work on its election strategy, where in the first phase, the party is organising a meeting with party workers and office-bearers.

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