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In a covert warning to Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, Amit Shah on Sunday said that if there will be no alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will crush its ex-allies like its opponents.
Amit Shah also said that if an alliance happened ahead of the polls, the party will ensure victory for its allies.
He said, “If there is an alliance in the state, then it is fine; we will help our ally, or else we will defeat them (“patak denge”). BJP workers should start work on each and every booth"
While addressing the party workers in Latur, Amit Shah and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis asked party workers to “aim to win at least 40 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats” in the state.
Shah drew comparisons between the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to the Battle of Panipat and said, “In 2014, we were in power in six states. Yet, we comfortably won the general elections. Now. we rule 16 states.” About a united Opposition, Shah said, “Let them all come together. We will still defeat them. In Uttar Pradesh, we will win 74 seats this time.”
Earlier, Fadnavis said that the party workers “should have no confusion over alliance with the Shiv Sena”. “The decision will be taken by the party chief. If there is no alliance, the BJP will contest on all the 48 seats and we are confident that we will win 40 out of the 48 seats.
Later Shiv Sena looked miffed by Shah's warning and thus they released a statement and said, “Let there be a fight. Maharashtra will show them (BJP) their place.” The statement, attributed to a party spokesperson, added, “The BJP national president’s arrogant remarks have exposed his party’s stand. It is now clear that the BJP does not want to ally with those who believe in Hindutva.” It further contended that “tongues of BJP leaders had begun slipping” ever since Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray “spoke the mind of every Hindu” and raised the “pehale mandir, phir sarkar (first Ram mandir, then government)” slogan.