25-year-old Sena-BJP alliance broken on eve of MAH assembly polls

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014,20:11 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The BJP today snapped its traditional tiesĀ  with its oldest ally Shiv Sena, apparently over the issue of Chief Minister’s post, ahead of ensuing Maharashtra assembly elections.
The alliance came to being on the issue of Hindutva with late Pramod Mahajan, late Bal Thackeray being architects of the same. After the demise of Mr Mahajan, former Union Minister late Gopinath Munde was handling the alliance. However, the death of three leaders saw the end of alliance.
The announcement of snapping ties was made by Leader of the Opposition in state Assembly Eknath Khadse and BJP state president Devrndra Fadanvis.
Three constituents of ‘Mahayuti’ — Mahadeo Jankar led Rashtriya Samaj Party, Raju Shetty’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana and Vinayak Mete’s Shiv Sangram Sena — have opted to stay with BJP.
While, there was no word from Republican Party of India led by Ramdas Athavale.
Mr Fadanvis said while BJP was discussing on seat sharing, Sena was adamant on Chief Minister’s post.