Mumbai - The fate of the doomed Shiv Sena-BJP alliance was apparent to all, but everyone seemed to be just waiting for the formal announcement.
It finally fell to Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to make the snapping of ties official, and the aggressive stance the Sena chief took to express himself have made observers believe that he was merely expressing the feelings of the ordinary Shiv Sainiks.
Thackeray selected the occasion of Republic Day to charge his party workers in an aggressive mode. He criticised the BJP on various issues including transparency, the Padma Vibhushan conferred on NCP president Sharad Pawar, the issue of religious photos in government offices, the ever contentious issue of common civil code, etc.
The stinging criticism from the party's erstwhile ‘friend’ was not taken in silence however. BJP MP Kirit Somaiya took this as a chance to hit back at the Shiv Sena.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai city BJP chief Ashish Shelar were probably waiting for Thackeray’s speech. As soon as Thackeray concluded his speech, Fadnavis and Shelar both use their twitter accounts to defend their position.
Meanwhile, the official war between Shiv Sena and BJP has begun with this announcement of an official break up. Whatever the outcome, the Mumbaikar can brace for an interesting confrontation between these friends turned foes - both of whom claim to have only the interests of the Marathi manoos at heart.