‘Maharashtra Alliance not permanent’: Congress reaffirms its desire to go solo in future polls | India News
“We formed Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-in 2019) for five years to stop the BJP. This is not a permanent fixture. All parties have the right to strengthen their organization and Congress has always given priority to providing relief to Covid -19 people. affected by making blood, oxygen and plasma available in various locations, “said Maharashtra Congress Speaker Nana Patole.
Patole’s comments come amid some tension between Congress and Shiv Sena after the former indicated that he could participate in the next assembly elections only in Maharasthra.
The comments were not well received by top ally Shiv Sena, with Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray and party leader Sanjay Raut in Congress.
Thackeray, who is also chairman of Shiv Sena, had said on Saturday that people would “hit those with shoes” who only talk about contesting the polls without offering solutions to people’s problems.
All political parties should put aside ambitions and focus on the economy and health, the CM had said.
Earlier on Sunday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that those who want to contest the polls on their own are free to do so.
“Shiv Sena has fought political battles on his own. There may be alliances in the polls, but the battles are fought on his own. Be it an issue related to the prestige of Maharashtra or the existence of Shiv Sena, if we have to fight (for it) we will fight, “added Shiv Sena’s deputy.
Reacting to Thackeray’s comments, Patole said it was unclear who the prime minister of Maharashtra was referring to.
Even the BJP has talked about participating in the elections independently, Patole said, noting that previously the four parties – Congress, NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena – had contested local bodies and Assembly elections independently.
The Shiv Sena had formed a government with ideologically different Congress and PNC after breaking its alliance with the BJP after the 2019 elections.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)