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"They (Sena) are in the government with us now, and it is our strong desire that they remain with us," Shah had said.
The Sena is currently part of the BJP-led ruling coalitions in Maharashtra as well as at the Centre, but it has often criticised both governments' decisions and policies.
"The BJP, which all along said it would come to power on its own, is now remembering its friends. Its tone has changed in the past six months. It now talks about the NDA," Desai said at a public meeting in adjoining Thane last night.
Thackeray was the "most popular" leader in the state and the party, under his leadership, would capture power on its own strength, Desai said.
"The Sena chief has said we will fight the polls alone and all Sainiks should works towards that aim," he said.
A Sena office-bearer said the party has no intention to change its political line of contesting all future polls independently.
He said the BJP has a policy of using its allies for political gains and then discarding them.
"In Goa, they (BJP) used Maharashtrawadi Gomatak Party (MGP) to grow and in Maharashtra, it expanded its base with Shiv Sena's help. But, the Shiv Sena is not the MGP," said the officer-bearer, who preferred to remain anonymous.
"Not just the Shiv Sena, but the entire country is witnessing the BJP's arrogance," he said.
The Sena will also have nothing to do with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the office- bearer maintained.
However, the BJP does seem perturbed by the Sena's cold shouldering.
A state BJP leader said the rank and file is enthused by the good response the party's rally on its 38th foundation day here on April 6 received.
The rally saw "unprecedented" turnout of BJP workers from different parts of the state, he said.