Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday said it will contest the 2019 general elections on its own, thus effectively ruling out a tie-up with Bharatiya Janata Party.
Pointing to its performance in the recently held Palghar bypoll, the Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana, said that the result in the polls has given them a message that they don't require any 'poster boy' to contest elections, referring to the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It also criticised the BJP's 'Sampark for Samarthan' (Contact for Support) campaign, which is being promoted by party president Amit Shah.
"Why is the BJP doing Sampark for Samarthan campaign after their defeat in the recently-held bypolls. The Shiv Sena will fight the 2019 general elections on its own strength. The Palghar bypoll has shown the power of the party," the editorial said.
"Despite being in power, the BJP has lost its connection with the people. A party like Shiv Sena has always moved ahead keeping in mind jansampark (interaction with people) and janadhar ( support of the people), and, it doesn't require any poster boy to fight or win an election," it added.
It further questioned the strategy of the BJP during the Palghar bypoll, which was won by saffron party's candidate Rajendra Gavit.
"We have never been in the business of seeking votes by changing photographs in the poster. During the Palghar bypoll, the photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were replaced by late Chintaman Vanaga. Despite Vanaga's family opposing the move, the BJP still campaigned in his name rather than that of the prime minister," the editorial said.
The Sena also said that forming a partnershipwith the BJP means "killing your own freedom of janadhar."
"Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has already cut ties with the BJP. The truth is that the biggest 'Sampark' scam is currently on in Bihar. The second, third honeymoon of Nitish Kumar and BJP's alliance is on the verge of a decline in Bihar. K C Tyagi has started this controversy. The BJP does not care about their friends, they themselves have said this," the editorial said.
"Nitish's janadhar is ending in Bihar now. His misconceptions about not having any competition in Bihar after sending Lalu Prasad Yadav to jail have ended. The BJP wants the prime minister to be the poster boy in 2019 general elections, however, the JD-U is not happy with that. Therefore, allying with the BJP means killing your own freedom of janadhar, a lot of people think this," the editorial concluded.