Mumbai. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that his party will contest the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Goa to be held early next year. He claimed that farmers’ organizations in western Uttar Pradesh have expressed their willingness to support his party.
Talking to reporters here, Raut said the Shiv Sena will field its candidates on 80 to 100 seats in Uttar Pradesh, while in Goa the party will contest around 20 seats. There are total 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and 40 seats in Goa.
The Rajya Sabha member said, “Farmers organizations in western Uttar Pradesh have expressed their willingness to support Shiv Sena and we can tie up with smaller parties as well. Equalization avenues like MVA are being explored in Goa. See how much success we get in this.
Raut said that there are Shiv Sena workers in these two states and the party has been fighting elections on the margins of success and failure. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is a coalition of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress in Maharashtra.
When asked about Vijay Rupani’s resignation from the post of Gujarat chief minister, he said, “It is an internal matter of BJP, people outside need not comment on it. I have known Rupani since he was a member of the Rajya Sabha with me.
He claimed, “Last time the BJP had somehow crossed the majority mark (in the 182-seat assembly). The situation is not good for the party this time.” On the question asked regarding the role of Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray at the national level, he said, “Thackeray has the potential to become a national leader. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra is the national leader.
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