Shiv Sena softens stand; says adhere to coalition dharma

Shiv Sena softens stand; says adhere to coalition dharma

Agency News

Quitting the protracting war in Maharashtra over the government formation, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said it would adhere to the “coalition dharma”.

Political analysts say that the Sena remark is a symbol of softening of its stand towards the BJP. For the past many days, the war between Sena and the BJP has been stealing the headlines of the media. Both the parties, who were partners in the outgoing government, have not even started formal discussions even though the tenure of the current Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.

“The Sena contested the assembly elections in an alliance and we would adhere to the coalition dharma till the last moment,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters.

He also welcomed Congress leader Hussain Dalwai’s move to write a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi recommending support for the Uddhav Thackeray-led party in forming the new government.

“Considering the prevailing political situation in the state, everyone is talking to each other except the Sena and the BJP. The Sena did not stop talks of government formation.