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BJP, Shiv Sena Announce Holly Alliance for Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Posted by Aditya Singh on February 20, 2019 | Comment

Holy Alliance Between Shiv Sena and BJP before Lok Sabha Election 2019

 Lok Sabha Elections 2019 –  Shiv Sena and the Bhartiya Janta Party have been alliance partners for the last 25 years. Senior Thackeray along with Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and senior leader Lal Krishna Advani acted as the glue that held the alliance together. The senior leadership of the BJP, at that time, accepted Maharashtra-based party’s big brother status in assembly elections in return for more seats in the Lok Sabha polls. Lately, BJP has been asserting its big brother status in Maharashtra to politically capitalize on the popularity wave of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

That is why both the parties contested separately in the Maharashtra Assembly election 2014. Though, the parties reached on terms for a post-poll alliance to form a government. As Lok Sabha election 2019 came closer, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray criticized the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre at various occasions. He even declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chor, a thief, in style of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Thirteen months ago, Shiv Sena passed a resolution at its national executive meeting that they will not form the alliance with anyone for the upcoming Maharashtra Lok Sabha election 2019. They even declared that they will go alone in the Maharashtra Assembly election 2019. But Shiv Sena made a U-turn by announcing, on Monday, an alliance with the BJP in the state. Under the agreement, the BJP will contest 25 of the 48 Maharastra Lok Sabha election 2019 seats, while the Shiv Sena will contest 23.

The announcement was made at a conference by the BJP President Amit Shah, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Mr Fadnavis said, “Both parties have been together for over 25 years and though there have been several misunderstandings recently, the original ideology of both parties is the same- Hindutva”. Mr Fadnavis declared the alliance to be in favour of national interests. He said one of the Shiv Sena’s major demands was the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. “The government has shown its commitment to it by giving 63 acres of undisputed land. It is a matter of national pride,” he said.

Mr Fadnavis also made clear that no agreement has been finalized regarding the sharing of Maharashtra Assembly election 2019 seats. “We will hold discussions with our other allies. Leaving the numbers of seats taken by our allies, the BJP and the Shiv Sena will fight on the equal number of seats,” said Fadnavis.

Despite the fact that both the parties have been vocal against each other, it is not at all surprising that the saffron siblings have made a pact keeping their differences aside just before the Lok Sabha election. The Congress returned Prime Minister Modi’s Mahamilavat jibe by terming this ‘BJP’s idea of a holy alliance. Congress attacked the alliance being ‘unholy and unethical.’ However, Uddhav Thackeray came to defend the party’s position and said that it only decided to join hands with the BJP only after they decided to treat their allies well.

A number of Maharastra Lok Sabha election 2019 opinion polls conducted by various agencies suggest that the BJP would retain close to 22-23 seats in the state if no alliance is formed on either side. In any case, it seems that the alliance is set to gain more than 30 seats. But it is sceptical that it can repeat its performance from Lok Sabha elections 2014 when the alliance won 42 out of 48 seats (BJP- 23/24, Shiv Sena- 18/20 and Swabhimani Paksha- 01/02). NCP and Congress could win only 6 seats collectively then. However, their tally is surely going up.