In a big decision, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has announced it will fight 2019 Lok Sabha elections alone, i.e. not contest in alliance with its traditional partner BJP. The decision was expected due to the ever souring ties between Shiv Sena and the BJP, currently ruling the state in the alliance. The decision was taken in a meet where Shiv Sena held internal polls to elect its party president and other functionaries, which happens to be the birth anniversary of its founder Bal Thackeray. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was be re-elected as there is no other nomination for the post. Elections were held at NSCI in Worli for the posts of members of the national executive committee and deputy leaders who will be elected from among 180 members of the national executive.
– Decision of Shiv Sena to go alone in 2019 was taken in the Party’s national executive meet, Sanjay Raut had moved a resolution in this regard.
– Aditya Thackeray has been named member of Shiv Sena’s National Executive.
– The two parties, which have a similar vote bank and follow similar ideology, had earlier fought 2014 Assembly Elections sepparately. However, after failing to reach majority mark, the two sides came to together to fight elections.
– On Monday, a meeting of senior Sena leaders was held at Thackeray’s ‘Matoshree’ bungalow in suburban Bandra today to discuss the internal polls.
– Former chief minister Manohar Joshi, industries minister Subhash Desai and MP Sanjay Raut were among those present at the meeting.
– The election is being held to comply with the Election Commission’s directives to political parties to hold internal organisational elections, a Sena leader said.
– Aaditya is viewed as Uddhav’s political heir and has led various student agitations at Mumbai University. There were prior speculation that he will be given more responsibility and will
play a bigger role in the organisation.
– Uddhav, 57, became the Sena president five years ago on January 23, 2013.
– The Sena shares an uneasy alliance with the BJP in the state and has been vocal in opposing some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies.