Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP on Sunday distanced
itself from an article published in a party journal making
critical analysis of its partner Shiv Sena`s poor performance
in the Assembly elections.
"This article is an analysis from the individual
columnist and not the official stand of the BJP," State party
President Nitin Gadkari said.
He said his party, which won two seats more than the
Sena despite contesting in less number of segments than its
ally, does not underestimate the strength of Shiv Sena, an
argument made in the journal `Manogat`.
"We do not intend to hurt our long-standing ally in
any manner. BJP believes in the leadership of Sena supremo Bal
Thackeray and we have to go ahead on the basis of our Hindutva
ideology," Gadkari said.
The article, which has appeared in the latest issue of
the journal, said Sena`s electoral strength in Maharashtra is
less than what its leaders projected.
"BJP has done well while Sena has suffered a setback.
The Assembly polls results have shown that BJP is stronger and
the party had compromised to keep the alliance with Sena
intact," the article said.
BJP contested 119 seats and won 46, while Sena fielded
candidates in 169 seats, bagging only 44. Sena also had to
concede Leader of Opposition in Assembly post to the BJP.