Will not align with BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha, assembly elections: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses the party's national executive meeting in Mumbai on January 23. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jan 23, 2018, 07.17 AM (IST)

The Shiv Sena said today that it will not align with BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

The party passed the resolution at its national executive meet in Mumbai.

The announcement was made by party leader Sanjay Raut who moved the resolution, stating that the BJP had been demoralising the party for the last three years.

"I moved the resolution for the Shiv Sena to fight the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls on its own in 2019," Raut said.

"The BJP allied with the Sena in the name of Hindutva and the Sena kept patience for Hindutva. However, the BJP in the last three years has been demoralising the Sena and using power to do so," Sanjay Raut said. His resolution was backed by senior leaders of the Shiv Sena.

Uddhav Thackeray, who slammed the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the party's executive meet today, said that he would fight elections for the cause of Hindutva in every state.

"We will fight elections in every state for the cause of Hindutva, I take this vow today," Uddhav Thackeray said.

"PM calls himself 'Pant Pradhan'. All he does is travel abroad. He took Israeli PM to Ahmedabad, why not to Lal Chowk in Srinagar? Why couldn't he have done a roadshow in Srinagar? Had he hoisted tricolour in Lal Chowk, we would have felt a sense of pride towards our PM," Uddhav Thackeray said.

Nitin Gadkari (union minister) came to Maharashtra and insulted the Navy which guards our borders here. People of armed forces are the ones with real 56-inch chest, how can you insult them?: Uddhav Thackeray added.

Despite their coalition government, the Shiv Sena -- led by its chief Uddhav Thackeray -- have for long been critical of the BJP government at the centre as well as the state.

(With inputs from agencies)