Shiv Sena to not contest Bengal polls, however will help Mamata

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Shiv Sena will not contest West Bengal elections.

The Shiv Sena has determined to opt-out of the upcoming West Bengal Meeting elections, however the social gathering has determined to ‘wholeheartedly’ help All India Trinamool Congress chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a prime official stated on Thursday.

Sena MP and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut stated that because the West Bengal polls are turning out to be “Didi vs All”, the Shiv Sena has determined to not contest the elections, however will stand in solidarity along with her.

“Wanting at present state of affairs, it seems like a ‘Didi vs All’ struggle. All M’s – Cash, Muscle and Media – are getting used towards Mamata Didi. We want her a ‘roaring success’, as a result of we consider she is the actual ‘Bengal Tigress’!” stated Raut.

He stated that the choice was taken after discussions with Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Nonetheless, MVA sources stated the transfer may have been prompted to make sure that there isn’t a division of votes within the West Bengal polls that might injury Trinamool’s prospects vis-a-vis the BJP because the Sena was tentatively planning to contest round 60 seats.

As a part of its technique to accumulate an all-India presence, in January, the Sena had introduced plans to sound the ballot bugle in West Bengal the place it had contested the 2016 Meeting and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, however notched nil by way of seats.

Earlier, the Sena — ruling Maharashtra in alliance with Nationalist Congress Occasion and the Congress — has contested numerous elections in numerous states together with Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir and Goa moreover West Bengal.

The saffron social gathering has justified its ventures in different states on grounds that the Bharatiya Janata Occasion on the Centre has been trying to destabilize or dethrone Constitutionally-elected governments in all Opposition-ruled states, together with Maharashtra and West Bengal.

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By the way, ruling ally NCP President Sharad Pawar has already stated he would go to Kolkata to increase help to Mamata Banerjee — as a part of plans to construct up a ‘grand alliance’ of nationwide and state opposition events — earlier than the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Equally, political sources additionally don’t rule out the potential of a repeat of Maharashtra’s MVA experiment — Sena-NCP-Congress with differing ideologies becoming a member of arms — in West Bengal if the jap state brews up a fractured mandate within the elections, the outcomes of that are anticipated in early-Might.

“The unthinkable occurred in Maharashtra and it’s working easily. Something is feasible… even in WB… The MVA is cited as a nationwide instance to make states robust,” a senior state chief stated guardedly, on the percentages with three arch-rivals in West Bengal — Congress, Left Entrance and Trinamool Congress — hugging one another post-polls to maintain the BJP at bay.

On its half, the BJP is in a hyper-aggressive temper to seize West Bengal and is leaving no stone unturned to beat what was a Communist fortress for almost three many years earlier than Mamata planted the Trinamool flag there 10 years in the past.

The relations between the Thackeray household and Mamata Banerjee, a former Union Minister, return a number of many years.

In 2017, Uddhav, 60 and Mamata, 66, had a cordial assembly in Mumbai when the latter had come to ask Indian company honchos for the West Bengal World Funding Summit-2018 held in Kolkata.

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