Ahead of Shah-Thackeray meeting, Shiv Sena says no tie-up with BJP for 2019 polls

Ahead of Shah-Thackeray meeting, Shiv Sena says no tie-up with BJP for 2019 polls

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The Shiv Sena on Wednesday ruled out pre-poll tie-up with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 2019 general elections and reiterated that it will contest the Lok Sabha polls on its own.

Pointing to its performance in the recently held Palghar bypoll, the Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', said the result in the polls has given them a message that they don't require any 'poster to contest elections.

The scathing editorial came ahead of a scheduled meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday evening.

The Sena mouthpiece also criticised the BJP's 'Sampark for Samarthan' (Contact for Support) campaign, which is being promoted by party president Amit Shah.

"Why is the BJP doing 'Sampark for Samarthan' campaign after their defeat in the recently-held bypolls. Shiv Sena will fight the 2019 general elections on its own strength. The Palghar bypoll has shown the power of the party. Despite being in power, the BJP has lost its connection with the people. A party like Shiv Sena has always moved ahead keeping in mind 'jansampark' (interaction with people) and 'janadhar' ( for the benefit of people), and, it doesn't require any poster boy to fight or win an election,"read the editorial.

It further questioned the strategy of the BJP during the Palghar bypoll, which was won by Rajendra Gavit.

"We have never been in the business of s...

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