Uddhav asks BJP to clarify its stand on MNS
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) must clarify its stand on its alliance with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Uddhav's cousin and rival Raj Thackeray.
"Are you willing to take support from the party which will be contesting against you? Is there no difference between you and Arvind Kejriwal who took the support of the Congress to form the government in Delhi," Thackeray asked the BJP at a press conference on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Tuesday denied reports of a possible alliance with Raj Thackeray's MNS in Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha polls.
"There is no question of alliance with any other party now. Out of 26 seats which we will contest, we have already announced 19 candidates, Shiv Sena has announced around 10-12 candidates," said Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis.
The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said there is no rift in its alliance with the BJP.
Taking a dig at MNS, 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."
This comes after Raj Thackeray on Sunday announced that his party will contest the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections and released the first list of candidates.
The MNS supremo also said that his party will support Modi.
The BJP had earlier 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)