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‘Tried Our Best to Save Alliance with BJP,’ says Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena slammed Bharatiya Janata Party for separation, after they broke-up due to the seat sharing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena for Maharashtra polls, on Friday.
Shiv Sena said in an editorial, in its official mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ that they tried their best to save the alliance for the cause of Maharashtra. "We tried our level best to save the alliance for the cause of Maharashtra. Those who have played with this emotion should be called Maharashtra’s enemies. This is an insult to the martyrs of the unified Maharashtra movement,” said the editorial.
Sena said, "Our other (Mahayuti) alliance parties wanted the Sena-BJP combine to continue. More than that, it was what the 11 crore people of Maharashtra wanted. Those who trampled these sentiments are enemies of Maharashtra."
It said, "This (breaking of alliance) is an insult to the 105 Marathi martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra movement," adding, "It is unfortunate that the Sena-BJP alliance which for the last 25 years was bound by the Hindutva ideology has ended.”
Sena said that though they have made sincere efforts till the end to ensure that the alliance with BJP, other parties of Mahayuti remained intact.
The editorial said, “It will now be seen what happens next. Whatever goddess Tulja Bhavani proposes will happen. The only expectation is that in all this politics, the mathematics of Maharashtra’s future should not get disturbed.”
Meanwhile, it said, "Those who till yesterday were praying in this tent are now offering namaz in the other tent."
On regarding Congress minister Narayan Rane’s comment that the central government was attempting to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra and dilute its exalted status as India’s commercial capital, the Sena said that Congress need not be concerned about it.
Sena said, "You don’t bother about the status of Mumbai or united Maharashtra… This is now Shiv Sena’s responsibility… With the blessings of the late patriarch Bal Thackeray, Goddess Tulja Bhavani and the support of millions of party activists and the people of the state, we shall live up to the expectations."
Comparing BJP to crows, the party said, "The crows of Pitru Paksh crows have flown away…Now only the warriors (Shiv Sainiks) are left…People will soon experience the difference.”
At present, BJP has decided to contest the elections with the support of a minimum of three other smaller parties which were part of the erstwhile ‘Grand Alliance’.
BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday, "We tried out level best till the very last to save the alliance. However, there was no suitable proposal forthcoming from the Shiv Sena on the issue of seat-share which could honourably accommodate all the partners. Hence we have decided to go our independent ways."
The Congress-NCP alliance, which is considered to be another important alliance, has also broken up over issues in seat sharing on Thursday.
[category-Politics] [tags-Shiv Sena, BJP, Seat sharing, Maharashtra polls, 25-year-old alliance, Saamna, Editorial]

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