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Alliance inevitable; talks on between Sena and BJP: minister

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A senior BJP cabinet in today said his party and its bickering ally Shiv Sena will lose the 2019 Assembly polls if they fight separately, and discussions for alliance are going on.

"A close to (chief) Uddhav Thackeray recently came to my house and we held talks about alliance. Preserving the alliance is a necessity for both the parties, because if the and fight together and we fight separately, both (saffron) parties will lose. If we come together, we will win around 190 seats (out of 288)," the told on the condition of anonymity.

When asked about Thackeray's assertion that his party will fight all polls in future on its own, the pointed out how the equations changed dramatically in

"Nitish Kumar had publicly insulted Narendra Modi, but later he joined us. It will happen here as well," he said.

"If a leader like Modi can accept Nitish for the sake of the country, we (state leaders) are small fry. What ego we should have," he said.

A large number of people in both the BJP and Sena want the alliance to continue, he claimed.

"There will be so much pressure from people and party workers that alliance will become inevitable," he said.

When asked for reaction, a senior categorically denied that any such talks are underway.

"It's just kite-flying," the leader said.

Uddhav Thackeray had stated last month that his party will have no tie-up with the BJP in future elections, and accused the latter of trying to upstage the Sena on its home turf.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:50 IST