Sena appears in no mood for poll alliance with BJP

Sena appears in no mood for poll alliance with BJP

Pandharpur (Maha): Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday indicated his unwillingness to enter into an alliance with the BJP for the upcoming polls, asking why he should join hands with "someone" facing "corruption" charges.

He demanded a discussion on the issue of Ram temple in Parliament and said it has been 30 years since the Babri Masjid was razed, but the Ayodhya matter is still in court.

Thackeray also attacked his senior ally over the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying a private company which had no experience in making aircraft was given a defence contract.

Addressing a rally in this temple town in Solapur district, Thackeray said, "Why should I join hands in the name of Hindutva with someone (a reference to BJP) facing so many allegations of corruption, be it Rafale jet fighter deal or crop insurance scheme."

Upping the ante on the Ayodha issue, he said a discussion on Ram temple in Parliament will reveal the stand of NDA partners and also opposition parties. The Shiv Sena is currently a constituent of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and also in Maharashtra.

Thackeray had in January this year said his party will fight all future polls alone, though the BJP has been repeatedly calling for an alliance with the Maharashtra-based regional party. Besides general elections in 2019, Maharashtra will face assembly polls in the second half of the next year.

"Not all of us are gathered here today in the name of Hindutva. Many are farmers, some of them are farmers' children and we are here to seek justice for farmers," he said.

The Sena leader alleged irregularities in a central government-sponsored crop insurance scheme for farmers.

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