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Sena betrays BJP yet again, calls of Alliance for Kolhapur Municipal Elections

  • Hiral Patel
  • August 4, 2015
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Amid the recent fracas between the ruling alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena in the legislative assembly, the Sena has called off its alliance with BJP in Kolhapur in Maharashtra and will contest the upcoming municipal corporation polls there on its own, further deepening the schism.

The election to the 81-member Kolhapur civic body is scheduled to be held later this year. The split in Kolhapur comes in the backdrop of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray recently saying that his party is keen on winning the Assembly polls in Maharashtra on its own and that they had extended support to BJP in 2014 elections to avoid political instability.

BJP in Kolhapur has decided to have a pre-poll alliance with Tara Rani group, a 25 year old local political outfit working for local issues in the city, Sena leader in-charge of Kolhapur Arun Dhudwadkar claimed that the political outfit was set up by Congress MLC Mahadeo Mahadik. He said,

People voted for Sena-BJP in the Assembly polls to defeat Congress. But, the BJP has decided to join hands with Congress which is unacceptable to the Sena. Therefore, we are calling off our alliance with BJP for the municipal corporation elections.

BJP Minister Chandrakant Patil dismissed Tara Rani group of having any concurrent association with the Congress and said,

If Kolhapur has to be developed as a smart city, the BJP needs such local outfits, well-versed in the local issues, to get power in the municipal corporation. Tara Rani has nothing to do with the Congress. Mahadeo Mahadik headed the outfit many years ago. He is now with the Congress, his son is in the NCP while his nephew is in the BJP.

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