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Shiv Sena attacks ‘opportunist’ NCP for extending support to BJP

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Mumbai: Launching blistering attack on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for extending support to the BJP, Shiv Sena on Tuesday described the former ally of Congress as an “opportunist”.

In its fresh editorial published in `Saamana`, the party said NCP offered support to BJP only to protect its scam-tainted leaders.

Referring to a fractured mandate in the 13th Assembly Elections, Shiv Sena said a number of parties are taking advantage of no clear majority in Maharashtra.

The BJP seems to have been caught in a cleft-stick in Maharashtra. With no political party securing clear majority in the 288-member Assembly, a period of political instability looms ahead in Maharashtra – though the Nationalist Congress Party has taken the lead to prevent such a situation.

Despite emerging as the single-largest party with 123 (122+1 ally) seats, the BJP falls 22 short of a simple majority – it cannot form the government, and it does not want to sit in opposition.

This has set off a hectic politicking between the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party, both looking at the possibility of cobbling up a workable alliance – against the backdrop of the rancour developed in the past one month between the 25-year-old former allies.

The BJP would be entirely dependent on a demanding partner for pushing through any policy initiatives or major decisions, though the prime BJP chief ministerial contender Devendra Fadnavis, 44, is considered an aggressive go-getter.

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