Miffed BJP ally Shiv Sena to contest in UP, Bihar and Delhi
In an apparent riposte to BJP’s recent overtures to Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena on Friday said it will field candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi for Lok Sabha election but at the same stressed that it will not contest against Narendra Modi and BJP chief Rajnath Singh. Shiv Sena, an NDA constituent led by Uddhav Thackeray, insisted that its alliance with BJP is restricted to Maharashtra.Shiv Sena is said to be miffed due to former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari’s luncheon meeting with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, estranged cousin of Uddhav, in Mumbai on March 3. Raj had later announced his party’s support for BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. ‘We have our alliance with BJP in Maharashtra, not in UP. We will strive to expand our party in other parts of the country. Shiv Sena will field 20 candidates in UP,’ spokesperson Sanjay Raut told reporters on Friday.