Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader and junior minister in Maharashtra Arjun Khotkar said on Tuesday that he will contest Lok Sabha election against Raosaheb Danve, the state unit president of the ally BJP, from Jalna seat.
Khotkar's announcement came even as his party is giving mixed signals as to whether it would form alliance with the BJP for the coming polls.
"The BJP government is arrogant, hence I have decided to contest the Lok Sabha election against sitting MP Raosaheb Danve. I have got the nod from Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray," Khotkar said.
Khotkar, the minister of state for textile, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, represents the Jalna assembly constituency at present.
"When BJP's state-level meeting was being held in Jalna on Monday, police were beating up a farmer's family in the same district. This shows the party has no sympathy for farmers and their woes," he said.
Asked whether he would back down if the BJP and Sena formed alliance, Khotkar said, "I am still going to contest election against Danve. I have Uddhav Thackeray's support."
The Shiv Sena, which has been continually taking potshots at the BJP, said on Monday that it would be the "big brother" in the alliance, while not making it clear whether it will have a fresh tie-up with the saffron party.
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Updated Date: Jan 29, 2019 19:16:08 IST