Narayan Rane Floats Political Party In Maharashtra, BJP Alliance Rumored

Uddhav Thackeray slams uniform taxation through GST, says even Pakistan has cheaper petrol than India

Nearly every day, in either party mouthpiece "Saamna" or through its leaders' statements, the Sena keeps targeting the BJP government both at the Centre and the state. The new party, which will come up on the foundation laid by his son and Congress MLA Nitesh Rane's NGO Swabhiman Sanghatana (SS), is widely expected to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

"The aim is to work for all and pursue development", the 65-year-old Rane told a news conference in Mumbai. Shiv Sena's Dussehra rally held at Shivaji Park on Saturday crossed permissible noise limits, which many saw as the result of the state government's delay in notifying areas that fall under silence zones.

Sena leaders said that their strategy is to remain in power and make things hard for the BJP. Conceding that there were some hurdles that might have worked against his entry into the BJP, Rane said, "We would like to ally with the NDA at the Centre and in the state".

Mr. Rane singled out Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan for criticism.

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However, Rane didn't say anything on the process at the press conference. Go ahead, who has stopped? "We will never oppose development-related work like the bullet train project". "It does not affect our budget, nor our projects".

A close aide of Rane said, "Though we have launched the party, building a new organisation is a formidable task".

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik compared Mr. Rane with former Congressman and Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vaghela, hinting at BJP trying to divide opposition votes. "The Congress also lost both the Lok Sabha seats". According to him, the Congress high command went back on its promise of making him the chief minister. "Isn't that duplicity?" Thackeray's diatribe against the BJP also took in the recent lathi charge against the Banaras Hindu University students who complained about molestation, "notices to youth who post messages which criticise the government", and, among others, its "anti-farmer" policies.

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