Shiv Sena, takes a U-turn by announcing an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday.
BJP will contest 25 out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats, while the Sena will contest 23.
“Both parties have been together for over 25 years, and even though there have been some misunderstandings in recent times, the original ideology of both parties is the same — Hindutva. At a time when certain parties and individuals are posing a threat to national interest, it is important that parties with national interests should come together. This is the public sentiment and, therefore, we have decided to come together for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections,” Mr. Fadnavis said.
Amit Shah said the alliance would win 45 seats in the State.