The Shiv Sena on Sunday announced that it will contest the Assembly polls due in Uttar Pradesh and Goa next year. The announcement came from party MP Sanjay Raut who reportedly claimed that farmers’ organisations in western Uttar Pradesh have extended their support to the party.
Divulging the plans, Raut said the Shiv Sena will field candidates in 80 to 100 seats in UP out of the 403 Assembly constituencies, while it will contest about 20 seats in the Goa Assembly which comprise 40 seats.
Sanjay Raut said, “Farmers’ organisations in western UP have expressed their willingness to support the Shiv Sena and we may ally with smaller parties. In Goa, efforts are on to explore a formula like MVA. Let’s see if we succeed.” The Rajya Sabha MP said the Shiv Sena has its cadre in these two states and has been contesting elections, irrespective of success or failure.
Shiv Sena’s bitter fallout with BJP
After the Assembly elections in Maharashtra in 2019, Shiv Sena had a bitter fallout with the BJP over the chief ministerial candidate. Eventually, it ended ties with the saffron party and formed an alliance with the NCP and Congress—the Maha Vikas Aghadi—to form the government with Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister.
Situation of BJP not good in Gujarat
Asked about the resignation of Vijay Rupani as Gujarat chief minister, Raut said, “It is an internal matter of the BJP, outsiders need not comment. I have known Rupani since he was the Rajya Sabha member with me.”
“Last time, the BJP just managed to cross the majority mark in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. The situation this time is not good for the party,” he claimed.
Reacting to a question on Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s role at the national level, Raut said, “Thackeray has the capability to become a national leader. A Maharashtra chief minister is a national leader.”
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