Mumbai - Giving out a clear indication for an alliance in the BMC elections, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday asked the ally BJP to make it clear whether it wants alliance or not. This statement came after the MNS chief, Raj Thackeray, gave hints for the alliance if such a proposal comes to him. Both these statements of Thackeray brothers, who are leading different parties, has started a kind of churning in the political circles here.
After Raj Thackeray's statement, the discussion of an alliance between the Shiv Sena and MNS has gained momentum in the political circle. On the other hand, the BJP leaders met at Varsha, the official residence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The various issues including the BMC elections were discussed in this meeting. The chief minister is reported to have shown readiness for the alliance with the Shiv Sena. A few days ago, Uddhav Thackeray had said in Rangsharda auditorium that Sena would have an alliance would only BJP and not with any other party.
Meanwhile, Sena chief made it clear on Tuesday that all decisions about fighting municipal elections together should be taken soon as only a few days have left for the elections. He did not give any response on being asked about Raj Thackeray's remark on the possibility of an alliance.
Both the parties, Shiv Sena and BJP, are engaged in a bitter war of words before the BMC election but they are also wishing to fight the polls together. The only hindrance seems to be the number of seats to be given to each other in the alliance. The strength of the MNS has reduced considerably in the city and hence that party is also looking for an alliance.