Sena-BJP rift: The inside story

September 27 2014

It seems as if an enemy’s evil eye took its toll and the BJP-Shiv Sena friendship that had lasted for 25 years has been broken. Sources reveal that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a special interest in trying to make this relationship work. Sources also say that he has personally spoken to Uddhav Thackeray and assured him that the Shiv Sena will get prominent ministries in the next Cabinet expansion due to take place in November. An old associate of Modi’s, Indore’s Bhaiyyuji Maharaj even took a message from Uddhav and gave it to Modi in Delhi. This meeting had taken place before Modi went to the US and Bhaiyyuji had told Modi that he could foresee the two parties – BJP and Shiv Sena – running the next Maharashtra government together. But BJP President Amit Shah is in favour of going alone when it comes to a coalition with the Shiv Sena. He feels that when the BJP has an advantage when it comes to a contest in Maharashtra among the Congress, the NCP, Shiv Sena and the BJP. That is because under such circumstances, the BJP will get to contest in all the 288 seats, and it might be able to win a majority on its own. Shah is worried after the way the BJP faced trouble in the by-elections in UP, Gujarat and Rajasthan and wants to show his leadership capabilities in Maharashtra. On the other hand, there are some internal meetings taking place between the Shiv Sena and the NCP in the changed political scenario.

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