The united Opposition at the Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony has sent jitters down the spine of BJP’s top leaders. While the by-election results already come as a huge set back to Modi-Shah, BJP is making attempts to cool down its allies such as Shiv Sena who have been openly criticizing and hitting out at them.
Amit Shah will be meeting Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow at his residence Matoshree and likely to persuade him ahead of 2019 parliamentary election. While Shiv Sena had been openly targeting BJP bitterly, it hasn’t quit from NDA whereas TDP had walked out.
Shiv Sena’s ties with BJP have severed a lot. Sena even announced that it would contest alone in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Recently in the by-election in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena ‘hijacked’ Shriniwas Vanga – the son of late BJP MP Chintaman Vanga from Palghar – and gave him the party ticket for the May 28 Palghar Lok Sabha by-election.Angry BJP had inducted ex Congressman Rajendra Gavit and gave him the ticket, who defeated Shriniwas Vanga.
In a guarded initial reaction, Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut pointed out how the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners were not satisfied with the BJP and leaving it one by one.However, he refused to speculate whether the Sena would reconsider its often-repeated stance of going solo in all future elections and pointed out that the party did extremely well and showed its strength in Palghar that it contested for the first time ever.
As of now, the differences between BJP and Shiv Sena are wide. But one has to wait and see whether Amit Shah put an end to them by convincing Uddhav. Post his meet with Shiv Sena’s Uddhav, Amit Shah is expected to meet Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supremo Parkash Singh Badal in Punjab in the next few days.