After three years of unrestrained attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, the ShivSena has sealed its alliance with the ruling party for the national election due by May and the Maharashtra polls. The announcement last evening followed yet another meeting between BJP chief Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray at the Sena chief’s Mumbai home “Matoshree”.
What sealed the deal is the first-ever 50-50 seat-sharing between the two parties for the Maharashtra election.
At the joint press conference, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP said, “We have decided to come together for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections”.
Admitting there were “some differences” between them, Mr Fadnavis hinted that the renewal of the alliance was a matter of political compulsion.
“Today, when in the country some people are coming together and trying to challenge us, the feeling of people and country was also that we should come together,” said the Chief Minister, seated alongside Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray.
The two parties had a similar ideology and had been in alliance at the centre and the state for the last 25 years, he added. The alliance took several meetings and backroom negotiations even as the Sena kept up the public criticism of its long-time ally.