Shiv Sena will not contest West Bengal Assembly polls: Sanjay Raut

MUMBAI: In a turnaround of events, the Shiv Sena on Thursday announced that they will not contest the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, but will extend their complete support to Mamata Banerjee’s re-election campaign as chief minister.

“A lot of people are curious to know whether Shiv Sena is contesting West Bengal polls or not. So, after discussions with party president Uddhav Thackeray, looking at the present scenario, it appears like a ‘Didi vs All’ fight. All ‘M’s – money, muscle and media – are being used against ‘M’amata Didi. Hence, Shiv Sena has decided not to contest West Bengal polls and stand in solidarity with her. We wish Mamata Didi a ‘roaring’ success, ’cos we believe she is the real Bengal Tigress,” senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut announced on micro-blogging platform Twitter.

Shiv Sena had in January expressed interest to contest the West Bengal assembly elections after consultations with Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray.

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