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BMC Polls: Uddhav Thackeray ends speculation, says Shiv Sena to fight alone

Virtually cutting off ties with BJP, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday that the party will contest alone in the upcoming elections. For the last few days, hectic parleys were going on between both the parties regarding possible alliance for BMC polls. But with both sides sticking to their guns, Uddhav Thackeray today made it clear that Shiv Sena will no longer ally with BJP.

In a fiery speech, Sena chief said that they will no longer look for any alliance in Maharashtra and will fight solo. He said, in 50 years history of Sena, 25 years have been wasted due to alliance. Currently BJP-Sena are jointly running govt in Maharashtra. But Uddhav said that Sena is not greedy for power. It is not clear if Sena will continue to support Fadnavis govt in the state. The two parties fought the assembly elections separately but later joined hands after BJP fell short of majority.

Uddhav even accused BJP of hiring goons for political activities.

They (BJP) have many gundas in their party but we don’t have gundas, we have mawlas (sainik): Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray

— ANI (@ANI_news) January 26, 2017

They don’t have capacity to fight with our sainiks thats why they have hired gundas: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray

— ANI (@ANI_news) January 26, 2017