Mumbai: The BJP and the Shiv Sena today announced that they will be fighting the 2019 Lok Sabha and the state assembly elections together.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, with BJP national president Amit Shah and Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, made the announcement at a press conference held here on Monday.
“The Shiv Sena will fight on 23 seats and the BJP will contest on 25 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” said Fadnavis.
The CM further underlined that the two parties share the “same ideology”.
Elaborating on the decision, Maharashtra CM said that this decision was taken in the interest of the nation and predicted that the BJP will come to power at the national level in 2019.
The deal was finalised after BJP president Shah met Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence in the city.
BJP president Shah said, “I am confident that in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and the Shiv Sena will together win 45 out of total 48 seats in Maharashtra.”
Soon after the alliance was announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi through his Twitter handle said the association between the two parties “goes beyond politics”.
Our association with the @ShivSena goes beyond politics. We are bound by a desire to see a strong and developed India.
The decision to contest together strengthens the NDA significantly. I am sure our alliance is going to be Maharashtra’s first and only choice!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 18, 2019