BJP, Sena plant a friendship tree to end the tiff

03 Jul 2016 | By Ramya

Ending the long war of words, BJP and Shiv Sena vowed peace and friendship at a tree plantation drive at Mumbai's Mahim Nature Park.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray attended the event.

Thackeray reassured Fadnavis he'll always lend support for Maharashtra's welfare; reciprocating Thackeray's gesture, Fadnavis sent a clear message that BJP-Sena government is stable.

In context: BJP-Shiv Sena's love-hate relationship

BJPAbout Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party is a right-wing, national party in India, with close links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Its origin dates back to 1951 when Syama Prasad Mookerjee formed Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which later merged with other parties to create Janata Party in 1977.

In 1980, members of former Jana Sangh reconvened to form the BJP, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee became its first president.

Shiv SenaAbout Shiv Sena Party

Shiv Sena is a far-right, regional political party in Maharashtra; Shiv Sena means the 'Army of Shivaji', is named after the great Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle.

It is a pro-Marathi and Hindutva party, which was founded by Bal Thackeray on 19 June 1966.

The party emerged from a movement that demanded preferential treatment for the Marathis in Mumbai over migrants.

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The BJP-Sena alliance

AllianceThe BJP-Sena alliance

In the 1970s, Shiv Sena had gradually shifted from its pro-Marathi ideology to Hindutva agenda as the former was weakening.

Later, Shiv Sena entered into an alliance with the BJP for the Maharashtra Assembly as well as the Lok Sabha polls in 1989.

Since 1998, Shiv Sena has been BJP's coalition partner in the National Democratic Alliance also during the Vajpayee Government during 1998-2004.

1989-2014Formed the government in 1995

After entering into an alliance, Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party won the Maharashtra Assembly polls and formed the Maharashtra government in 1995.

In 1999, they lost the power to Congress-NCP alliance but stayed together as the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly.

In 2009, Shiv Sena contested 169 seats, and the BJP contested 119 in the Assembly elections, in which Congress won.

Break Up?25-year-old BJP-Sena alliance broken

In 2014, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had won 41 seats out of 48 in the Lok Sabha polls.

In Sep'14, BJP and Sena locked horns over the number of shared seats and the Chief Minister post for 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The alliance came to an end as both the parties decided to contest alone in the elections, in which BJP got a plurality.

Sena rejoins BJP in Maharashtra

The tiff between BJP and Shiv Sena ended when Sena joined its former partner BJP as Devendra Fadnavis expanded his ministry. Five cabinet ministers from Shiv Sena and five from BJP were sworn-in. Hence, Sena became a part of BJP's Maharashtra government in Dec'14.
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DifferencesAll is not well between BJP and Sena

From the disagreement over meat ban to BJP calling Shiv Sena corrupt to Sena not inviting BJP for its Golden Jubilee celebrations and boycotting PM Modi's 'Smart City Mission', it was evident that a fight was still continuing.

Sena's Sanjay Raut sparked a war of words by saying that the BJP's governments in Maharashtra and Centre were even worse than the Nizam rule.

BJP spokesperson responds to Raut's statement

BJP dared Shiv Sena to take a divorce from their alliance. Listing BJP's sacrifices in Manogat, BJP Maharashtra's fortnightly publication, its spokesperson Madhav Bhandari wrote: "If they feel so oppressed by 'Nizam', why don't they just walk out. But, they don't show that courage."

03 Jul 2016BJP, Sena plant a friendship tree to end the tiff

08 Jul 2016Shiv Sena burns effigy of BJP state chief

A day before the expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet, the Shiv Sena burnt an effigy of Ashish Shelar, the state chief of the ruling BJP.

The action was taken after Shelar hinted at the Shiv Sena being a "small demon that made too much noise."

He added that the BJP's 'Krishna' (Devendra Fadnavis) would bottle up the demon in the Mumbai Civic polls.