The not so hunky-dory marriage between the Shiv Sena and the BJP has finally come to the verge of divorce. The ‘black Monday’ on October 13 with its dramatic twists and turns finally culminated with the launch of Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book in Mumbai. And the sequence of events has resulted in Sena-BJP’s tumultuous ties to come to an end.
According to sources, Shiv Sena has called off the alliance with BJP for Kalyan Dombivali civic polls and would contest on its own for all the 122 seats. Currently, these two localities have a municipal corporation run by the Sena-BJP alliance.
Soon after reports of Shiv Sena splitting with the BJP, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave a strong reply to Sena and said that they have put the state to shame.
Shiv Sena has always preferred flexing its muscles in sensitive issues. Last week, they strongly protested Pakistani Ghazal singer, Ghulam Ali’s concert in the state which finally led to the cancellation of the event.
The Kulkarni episode concluding in the book being launched made Sena see red and it just hit the last nail in the BJP-Sena ties.
Perhaps Sena felt really humiliated by BJP which until 2014 elections, was a junior share holder in the ‘Maha’ alliance and now has the final authority in the political decisions. But, dear Shiv Sena, displaying hooliganism to gain political edge is not that good an idea.