Be ready to contest 2019 polls alone: Amit Shah to BJP in Maharashtra

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah told party workers in Mumbai to be prepared to fight 2019 Lok Sabha Assembly elections without any alliance in Maharashtra, said reports.

Mr Shah told the party’s booth-level workers to prepare for an eventuality of a three-sided or even four-way contest with the BJP and the Shiv Sena fighting Lok Sabha polls separately, sources said.

“You should start preparing now so that in your booths 51 per cent voters vote for BJP,” Shah added, according to a source.

The party is expected to release a list of people to be in charge of the 48 parliamentary constituencies in the state.

On Friday, the no-confidence motion against the Modi government was defeated by a margin of 325-126. The no-trust motion moved by former BJP ally TDP saw Shiv Sena abstaining from voting. Shah, who was on a day’s visit to Mumbai, addressed party meetings and shared a 23-point plan with the party workers to prepare in advance to go it alone.

The Sena, which had to settle for the role of a junior partner in their post-poll alliance with 63 assembly seats, had announced earlier that it will fight the 2019 elections alone. In recent months, ties between the two parties have plunged to new lows, with Shiv Sena’s near-daily attacks on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi through stinging editorials in its mouthpiece Saamna.

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