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Shiv Sena spurns BJP’s overture, to go it alone in 2019 polls

Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. Another senior Shiv Sena leader, Maharashtra industry minister Subhash Desai, addressing Sena cadres in Navi Mumbai on Saturday, said the BJP’s “tone and language” had changed after setbacks in recent bypolls. Photo: HT

Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. Another senior Shiv Sena leader, Maharashtra industry minister Subhash Desai, addressing Sena cadres in Navi Mumbai on Saturday, said the BJP’s “tone and language” had changed after setbacks in recent bypolls. Photo: HT

MUMBAI: Just a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah expressed his hope that the Shiv Sena will stay with the BJP for the next elections, two prominent Sena leaders on Saturday rebuffed the overture.

Shiv Sena member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut told reporters on Saturday that “the time to formalize an alliance for the elections had long passed”. Raut reiterated the Sena’s decision to fight the next elections on its own, as announced by party chief Uddhav Thakeray on 23 January.

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