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Shiv Sena ready to join hands with any party

Shiv Sena ready to join hands with any party
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On the eve of the counting of votes for Maharashtra assembly elections, the Shiv Sena has said the possibility of a post-poll alliance, even with long-time political rival Nationalist Congress Party or NCP, cannot be ruled out.

Hints at post-poll alliance with BJP

  • In the interest of Maharashtra, we can go with anyone who supports us
  • Sena was dumped by the BJP after seat-sharing talks between the two parties faltered

Sanjay RautMumbai: On the eve of the counting of votes for Maharashtra assembly elections, the Shiv Sena has said the possibility of a post-poll alliance, even with long-time political rival Nationalist Congress Party or NCP, cannot be ruled out.

Senior Sena leader and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut told NDTV that "in the interest of Maharashtra, we can go with anyone who supports us, even if we don't agree with their philosophy". The Sena was dumped by the BJP in September after seat-sharing talks between the two parties faltered several times before finally failing. Another long-standing alliance, the coalition between the Congress and the NCP that had ruled Maharashtra for 15 years, also came undone over a similar squabble.

As a result, Maharashtra witnessed a four cornered contest between the Congress, the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the BJP, with Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Narvnirman Sena or MNS as a fifth player. Raut's comments come a day after Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, stated, "There is no need to have arguments or bitterness any more".

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