On the eve of Assembly election results, Shiv Sena on Saturday exuded confidence that the party will get majority on its own in Maharashtra to form the government headed by Udhhav Thackeray and hoped its long-time ally BJP will extend support in case it falls short of numbers.
The Shiv Sena has gone all guns blazing at the Bharatiya Janata Party despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's refusal to take on its erstwhile ally out of respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. In its mouthpiece, Saamna, Sena has accused it of trying to divide Maharashtra and breaking the 25-year-old alliance to benefit businessmen close to senior BJP leaders.
Amid the tussle over seat-sharing between the saffron-led alliance partners in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena on Wednesday night asserted it will not step back from its demand for 151 asssembly seats "come what may".
The tussle over sharing of seats for the forthcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra now threatens the 25-year-old ties between Shiv Sena and the BJP with reports on Friday suggesting that the two parties have decided to go alone in the electoral battle.
Amid reports that the BJP has decided to contest upcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra on 119 seats, the Shiv Sena on Thursday reiterated that the ties between the two parties are very strong and will remain so in future.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said the Maharashtra-Karnataka territorial row is as significant as the India-Pakistan boundary dispute, re-kindling the decades old boundary dispute between the two states.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said that Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi`s meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is important as Sharif should be given a chance and both the countries need to try to find peace.
While the Congress leadership is strongly defending Rahul Gandhi for skipping the farewell dinner hosted by his mother Sonia Gandhi in he honour of Dr Manmohan Singh yesterday, Shiv Sena has made a blatant attack on the Congress vice president for disrespecting the outgoing Prime Minister.
Rebutting NCP`s objection to the epithet `Hindu Hriday Samrat` in the name of a recently opened municipal hospital named after Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena on Friday said `Maulana` in `Maulana Abul Kalam Azad` too has religious association.
After Shiv Sena, it is now Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (RPI) which has demanded that the Indian Premier League (IPL) should contribute match profits for drought relief in Maharashtra.
While the debate over who will be the NDA’s face for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls continues, Shiv Sena feels that the time has come for the BJP-led alliance to clear the air over its prime ministerial candidate.