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Will always be 'big brother': Sena to BJP

Will always be big brother: Sena to BJP

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena Monday said it would always be the "big brother" in a coalition with the BJP in Maharashtra, adding no such proposal had been received from the latter.

Speaking to reporters here after a meeting chaired by party chief Uddhav Thackeray, the Sena's Rajya Sabha MP and chief whip in Parliament, Sanjay Raut, said the party also wanted the income tax threshold to be raised from the existing Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.

"Shiv Sena is the big brother (in the alliance with BJP and other parties) in Maharashtra and will continue to be so," Raut asserted.

"There is no proposal from the BJP to form an alliance with the Shiv Sena. Those who wish to ally with us are talking about it. We are not waiting for any proposal to be offered to us," he added.

Till 2014, the BJP and Sena, allies for long, used to have an understanding under which the former would contest a larger share of Lok Sabha seats and the latter would get a higher number of Maharashtra Assembly seats to fight.

In this way, both parties took the role of elder and a younger sibling in the general and state polls in their political "brotherhood".

The 2014 Assembly polls, however, ended this "sibling" agreement as the BJP, on the back of a strong Narendra Modi wave and contesting alone, won 122 seats against the Sena's 63 in Maharashtra.

The BJP went on form a government in the state under Devendra Fadnavis, and the Sena had to contend being the junior partner.

At the meeting held Monday in Thackeray's Matoshree residence in Bandra here, with party MLAs and MPs in attendance, the Sena also took some other key decisions.

"Uddhav Thackeray has demanded that the income tax threshold is raised from existing Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh," Raut said.

Maharashtra CM and BJP's key man in the state Devendra Fadnavis hasn't taken too kindly to Sanjay Raut's statements. He said, "BJP is not helpless, yes we want alliance but for development of the nation. Don't want power to go in the hands of people who looted nation for long. BJP is the party which reached 200 from 2."

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