According to a senior BJP leader, the BJP-Shiv Sena are all set to have a pre poll alliance for the upcoming MCGM Elections slated to take place sometime in February 2017.
The reasons, having been said, is that the Chief Minister of Maharashta, Devendra Fadnavis, does not want to risk this all important election, by going solo.
Talking to DNA, a senior BJP leader revealed that in the recent meeting between Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Matoshree, it has been agreed to cement the pre-poll alliance in the BMC Polls 2017. “However, BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are not in favour of making the alliance. They want to go solo so that the BJP can expand its base and network in local body elections. Besides, they want to single-handedly rule over the financial capital of our country.”
He added: “Having said that, the BJP’s performance in the state is not encouraging and Modi wave has decimated. So, chief minister Fadnavis does not want to take any risk by going solo. Hence, he is ready to cement the alliance.” The leader, who was part of the negotiations, said the BJP was banking on the North Indians and Gujarati community voters, but both are unhappy because of rising inflation and slow market.
Whether or not there will be a pre poll alliance, only time will tell