As ties between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) get more strained and bitter, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party has decided to take on its ally in the Gujarat Assembly polls, scheduled to be held in December.
The Sena, which continues to be the BJP’s ally in the Maharashtra government despite fractious relations, plans to contest between 50 and 70 seats in Gujarat.
Significantly, the party did not contest the 2012 Gujarat polls; then it had said that it did not want to divide Hindu votes.
The Sena will contest the Gujarat polls on the hardline Hindutva agenda, a poll plank once adopted by the BJP.
A senior Sena leader said: “The Hindutva agenda has a lot of supporters. The BJP has forgotten it conveniently, but we have not”.