Shiv Sena to contest Mumbai civic elections without BJP

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray yesterday declared at a party conclave that his party has decided to part ways with Bharatiya Janata Party and contest the February 21 Mumbai civic elections on its own.

Indication that emerges out form this move depicts that this decision might turn out to be a bitterly-fought poll campaign as 20-year-old pre-poll tie-up with the BJP in India’s richest civic body has ended.

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The Sena president further stated that “the upcoming polls are a sporting event and the bull (BJP) needs to be tamed once and for all” as he referred to the mass protests over Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

He further went on to say that the BJP is a “goonda” party and is not working with ease.

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Uddhav also mentioned that his party will also contest polls to nine other civic bodies, including Thane, Pune and Nashik, and 25 zilla parishads on their own.