Don't flirt with Shiv Sena, Congress leader Nirupam warns his party

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Friday he criticized party leaders who are considering supporting Shiv Sena in the formation of the next government in, where the ruling allies of saffron are involved in a tug of war for sharing power.

Nirupam said that the war of words between the BJP and his ally Shiv Sena was nothing more than drama and that Congress should stay away from it.

They have lost? How can some leaders of Congress think about supporting Shiv Sena, the former president of the Mumbai Congress tweeted.

Congress should not get into the drama Shiv Sena-BJP. It's false. It is his temporary struggle to gain more shared power, said the former deputy, who is upset with the party's leadership over the distribution of tickets for the October 21 polls.

In my opinion, Shiv Sena will never leave the shadow of BJP, said Nirupam, who was associated with the party founded by Bal Thackeray before joining Congress.

He warned his party against flirting with the party led by Uddhav Thackeray.

It will be a useless exercise. I hope that state leaders realize the truth. Instead, we must introspect why the party lost 2 percent of the votes compared to the 2014 assembly elections.

We have dropped from 17 to 15 percent (in terms of vote participation). As a party we have dropped from 3rd to 4th place (in terms of seats), he said.

Former congressional ministers, Ashok Chavan, have spoken about the need for Shiv Sena to separate from the BJP in case he wants to form a government with the support of his party.

However, senior congressional leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, AICC in charge of Maharashtra and Sushilkumar Shinde affairs are against doing business with Shiv Sena.

When contacted, Shinde told PTI that Congress is a secular party.

Congress and Shiv Sen are ideologically different and Mallikarjun Kharge has already said that there is no doubt that the two parties will unite, said Shinde, former prime minister.

Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and the president of the Maharashtra Congress met with NCP President Sharad Pawar on Thursday morning and then went to Delhi to hold talks with the party president. Sonia Gandhi about the political situation in the state.

The formation of the government is in limbo in Maharashtra, since the Seine is demanding the position of Chief Minister on a rotating basis and the portfolio division at 50:50.

However, the BJP has insisted that the Chief Minister will continue to hold the position for the next five years.

In the recently completed surveys, the PCN won 54 seats, while its allied Congress won 44 seats.

On the other hand, the BJP and Shiv Sena won 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly.