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Maha BJP tries to douse fire set off by Shah's barb at allies

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Senior BJP ministers Tuesday tried to douse the fire set off by Shah over his remarks of "thrashing" its former allies if a pre-poll alliance did not take place.

In a veiled warning to the Sena, BJP Shah said Sunday that if an alliance happened, the party will ensure victory for its allies, but if it did not, the party will thrash its former allies in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat Tuesday, for Finance and Planning Sudhir Mungantiwar said the state BJP leadership was pretty confident of a pre-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena, denying any deadlock or breakdown in talks with its saffron ally.

for Revenue Chandrakant Patil downplayed angry reactions from the Sena and claimed he was hearing reports of breakdown and eventual split (between the two parties) only from the media.

"Even is confident of a pre-poll alliance with the Sena. While the BJP has always been open for a pre-poll alliance with like-minded parties, it was for the Sena leadership to take a call," Mungantiwar said.

He added that it was certain the BJP-Sena alliance would be voted back to power and now it was for the Sena to decide on whether to hand over that power on a platter to the opposition and Nationalist Party (NCP).

Another senior BJP minister, requesting anonymity, admitted that Shah's remarks had complicated matters.

Drawing an analogy from history of Rajput Prithviraj Chauhan, who was betrayed by his trusted general just because the kept him waiting for hours, he said it was for the Sena to decide what it wants to do.

Shah's statement Sunday came immediately after set BJP workers a target of winning 40 of the state's 48 Lok Sabha seats in the general polls slated this year.

Shah and Fadnavis had addressed BJP workers from Latur, Osmanabad, Hingoli and Nanded districts in Latur city Sunday.

Late Sunday evening, the had hit back at the BJP, saying the latter's plan to win 40 seats meant it would rely on manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

"Shah's arrogant and boastful statements have exposed that party....talked about Hindutva and Ram temple but it seems our stand did not go down well with the BJP," an of Sena chief had stated in the statement.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 22:30 IST