Here is the history of 35 years of BJP-Shivsena alliance which came to an end

The Shiv Sena and the BJP have been allies for 35 years. They came together riding Hindutva wave but since then they found themselves engaged in a bitter rivalry for a share in government and the position of LoP while in Opposition.
Written By Siddhu Manchikanti | Updated: November 11, 2019 12:17 IST
Here is the history of 35 years of BJP-Shivsena alliance which came to an end

The BJP's oldest ally of 30 years, the Shiv Sena, on Monday said it is breaking all ties with the party as it looks to form the government with the support of the NCP and the Congress. A delegation from the party will meet the Governor at 2.30 pm. Sources have said that there is a proposal to give deputy CM posts to the NCP and the Congress to take their support. Party leader Sanjay Raut said there is no question of any relationship with the BJP when they themselves did not follow what they agreed upon, referring to the 50-50 deal on chief ministership.

 
The Shiv Sena and the BJP have been allies for 35 years. They came together riding Hindutva wave but since then they found themselves engaged in a bitter rivalry for a share in government and the position of LoP while in Opposition. Shiv Sena and BJP joined hands for the first time in 1984 on Hindutva.
 
In Opposition, Shiv Sena and BJP rivaled for Leader of the Opposition's post. While in power, Shiv Sena and BJP have had differences over the chief ministerial position. They came together for the first time in 1984 thanks to an anti-Congress front engineered by Sharad Pawar, the powerhouse Maratha politician. Sharad Pawar had not included the Shiv Sena in the multi-party coalition as he and then Sena chief Bal Thackeray were vying for the same Maratha vote bank.
 
Thackeray had the additional plank of Hindutva. The BJP made part of the alliance but had a very weak organization in the state at that time. The party was only four-year-old then. Bal Thackeray arrived at an agreement with the BJP leadership of LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and fielded Shiv Sena candidates on BJP’s election symbol in the 1984 election.
 
From then, they hold similar views on contentious issues such as Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, uniform civil code, Article 370, triple talaq, representation of Muslims in elections, cultural nationalism, and even foreign policy.




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