The BJP’s cantankerous ally, Shiv Sena, met today to decide its strategy for the coming Lok Sabha elections. After the meeting, senior party leader Sanjay Raut said, “We are the big brother in Maharashtra, we were the big brother and will stay the big brother”.
In January last year, the Sena had declared that it would fly solo for the elections, but there has been no formal notification to the BJP that their alliance has ended.
The BJP is in favour of continuing the alliance. Eager to keep the Sena at its side, the BJP has ignored its repeated criticism of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the governments at the Centre and the state.
In 2014, the Sena and the BJP had won 41 of the state’s 48 seats. The BJP had won 23 and the Sena 18 seats.
The two parties, which ended their alliance just before the elections, were forced to get back together after the state delivered a hung verdict in the assembly polls held five months later.