CM Fadnavis is positive about alliance with Shivsena for civic body polls

The suspense about the two allies coming together for the civic body polls does not seem to get over. On Tuesday, CM Devendra Fadnavis has indicated that he is in favour of an alliance.

Fadnavis, in a late night huddle with a few of ministers, said he was in favour of a saffron alliance to ensure that BJP retained its numero uno rank in the second phase of polls after the municipal council elections. There is likely to be a meeting at Varsha, the CM’s residence, on Wednesday, to sort out issues with senior BJP leaders, after which talks will begin with Sena.

“We will have an alliance with Shiv Sena wherever possible. It may not work out everywhere, but talks will be held. There is no reason why it should not be possible even in Mumbai,” said finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Sources said Fadnavis has convinced the party high command, especially after the successful innings in the recently concluded municipal council polls, that an alliance will work in favour of the BJP.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray gave an ultimatum to the BJP asking it to spell out its stance on the alliance before the state election commission announced the polls. At the same time, he began interviewing aspiring candidates for the BMC polls, indicating that the party was willing to go solo.

There is likely to be more clarity on January 12, when the BJP holds its one-day state conclave in Thane.