Sena-Cong tie up in Alibaug; Is Mumbai next?

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-15

The local units of the Shiv Sena and the Congress have forged a tie-up in Alibaug, Pen, and Karjat for the zilla parishad and the panchayat samiti elections scheduled on February 21. While the top rung leaders of both parties were not involved in this ‘alliance’, it has given rise to speculation whether the Sena and the Congress will come together at some stage in the BMC as well.
Sources in the Raigad district administration confirmed that in Alibaug, the Sena is contesting four seats while the Congress is contesting three seats. “Both parties have come together to thwart the Peasants and Workers Party, which has an alliance with the NCP,” the sources said.
Mahindra Dalvi, who heads the Sena unit in Raigad district, confirmed the tie-up. “We have come together to fight the NCP and PWP. There were no instructions from Matoshree. We were given a go-ahead at the local level to ensure we win these seats,” Dalvi said.
Congress leader from Pen, Vaikuth Patil, also said the alliance was forged by local leaders. “Uddhav Thackeray and Ashok Chavan weren’t involved,” he said.
As cracks appeared in the Sena-BJP ties, an increasing number of Sena leaders were seen siding with the Congress on a number of issues. Taking a swipe at demonetisation, Uddhav had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to heed to his predecessor Manmohan Singh’s advice. A few days ago, Uddhav said he didn’t approve of Modi’s raincoat remark against Manmohan, indicating a growing closeness between the two parties.
The BJP was obviously not amused at this closeness, and didn’t miss a chance to take a dig at Uddhav. The party spokesperson, Ram Kadam, said, “Uddhav must remember his own words that he will not go with a begging bowl to anyone’s house. Now the double standards stand exposed.”