A Shiv Sena MLA has suggested that the party could once again join forces with the BJP to protect its leaders from being “harassed" by the government.
Legislator Pratap Sarnaik, who is under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate for money laundering charges, wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, urging the former allies to reconcile, particularly in light of the numerous upcoming corporation elections, including those in Mumbai and Thane.
Sarnaik, who represents Thane’s Ovala-Majiwada constituency in the state Assembly, said that while the BJP and Shiv Sena are no longer allies, their leaders still have strong ties, which “we should make use of."
“Several central agencies are behind me and other Shiv Sena leaders like Anil Parab and Ravindra Waikar, and they and their families are being harassed," Sarnaik said in his letter, which reached the CMO on June 10.
“If the Shiv Sena and the BJP come together again, these leaders can be spared such harassment," he said, adding that Uddhav had met the PM, and that it was better to go back with BJP, as leaders of the both parties shared good relations.