Gadkari doesn't rule out post-poll pact with Sena
In an indication of a possible post-poll understanding with Shiv Sena, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that BJP could consider joining hands again with its estranged ally if the situation so demanded.
- I would've been happy if Sena-BJP alliance continued: Advani
- BJP broke ties as it knew Sena won't let it divide Maha: Uddhav Thackeray
Pune: In an indication of a possible post-poll understanding with Shiv Sena, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that BJP could consider joining hands again with its estranged ally if the situation so demanded.
Describing breaking of the 25-year-long saffron alliance in Maharashtra as most "unfortunate and painful," Gadkari, when asked about a post poll tie-up (in a hung Assembly scenario) with the Sena, said, "If the situation arises, we can certainly think of that. Shiv Sena has been our ally bound together on the base of Hindutva."
Stating that there is no RPT no "bitterness" about the Sena in BJP, he said, "We have the same amount of love for Bal Thackeray as we have for Atalji." "Our Parliamentary Board will consider these issues if necessary," he added. When asked whether BJP would consider taking support of NCP-Congress after the elections as an expediency, Gadkari said, "We will get majority. No ifs and buts."
Meanwhile, veteran BJP leader L K Advani said he would have been happy if the alliance had continued. "I would have been happier, if this (alliance) would not have been broken. But, this is also right that people from our party were saying that the seat-sharing formula was not proper and we (BJP) should get more seats," Advani told reporters here.
Intensifying his attack against former ally BJP for ending the 25-year-old alliance over seat-sharing issue, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray alleged that the BJP broke the partnership to play 'separate Vidarbha' card to garner votes in the Assembly elections.