Ties with BJP strong as ever: Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said there is no rift in its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Taking a dig at Raj Thakeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, in an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', the party said: "Some tried in vain to break our alliance. They tried to divide the Hindu vote bank. But our alliance remain intact."
"There were differences with the BJP at times, but the alliance is strong as ever," the Shiv Sena said.
Praising BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the party said: "The entire nation is supporting Modi now, including those who abused him earlier. The times are changing."
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meeting here on Tuesday with party office-bearers and Lok Sabha candidates to discuss their poll strategy.
Raj Thackeray on Sunday announced that his party will contest the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections and released the first list of candidates.
MNS supremo also said that his party will support Modi.
This comes even after the BJP had asked Raj Thackeray not to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections or even if he does, then to put up minimum MNS candidates possible.
Senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari reportedly had a luncheon meeting with Raj Thackeray at a Mumbai hotel.
According to reports, Gadkari urged Raj Thackeray to make way for strengthening the BJP-Shiv Sena vote bank in Maharashtra.
(Posted on 11-03-2014)