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LS polls 2019 game plan: Why Shiv Sena wants to ditch BJP and go it alone

If sources in the NCP are to be believed, the Sena hopes to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha - and the subsequent Maharashtra Assembly elections - in alliance with the Sharad Pawar-led party

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray (Photo: PTI)
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray (Photo: PTI)

The Shiv Sena says it will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). And, BJP chief Amit Shah hopes it will. What is the Sena’s game plan? Is the Sena serious about going it alone, or is it looking for a ‘fairer’ seat-sharing formula from BJP? If sources in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are to be believed, the Sena hopes to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha – and the subsequent Maharashtra Assembly elections – in alliance with the Sharad Pawar-led party. Strategists of the Sena and NCP held ...