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Political analysts react to post Maharashtra Assembly elections alliance fiasco
BJP got a fractured mandate in Maharashtra Assembly elections 2014 after contesting in Maharashtra after ending its 25-year alliance, and has got 122 seats, while the magic figure is 145. BJP is now forced to consider the option of allying with another party.

Now the question is will BJP ally with Shiv Sena - the party with which they made a break up before the elections. And during its campaign, Shiv Sena has also attacked BJP, accusing it of 'backstabbing'. So, the only option BJP can think is Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). 

Though Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), unsolicited, gave an offer to BJP, which has considerably weakened the bargaining position of the Shiv Sena, though it has won 63 seats in a Hung House of 288 members. But, BJP can't accept the support from NCP as Modi has called it a Natural Corrupt Party.

We talked to few political analysts on what can/should be BJP's next step? And about the fate of Shiv Sena now? Let's look at what they have said.

Anand Pradhan, Political Analyst:

"See, as BJP fought against NCP and targeted NCP and Congress, though Shiv Sena and BJP accused each other but still they are partners in the center. So, I think Shiv Sena is the natural choice of BJP as they are still partners. And all this drama is happening only to bargain for the CM post and ministries and BJP is using NCP as a bargaining chip and to put pressure on Shiv Sena, so that they can surrender before BJP. But it is not easy, Shiv Sena will certainly bargain for support. So ultimately after all this bargaining, they will finally go with Shiv Sena."

Purushottam Aggarwal, political commentator, activist and poet:

"BJP has succeeded in making a very important presence in Maharashtra. But their aim to make Shiv Sena irrelevant has not been fulfilled. But, when it comes to making alliance now, BJP will make an alliance with Shiv Sena and Shiv Sena has to make alliance with BJP and if they furthur get isolated then NCP will take this chance. In fact BJP is now in a better position because, if Shiv Sena is not going to support them, then BJP will accept the support from NCP. But if BJP takes support from NCP then in the long run it will be very dangerous for BJP, because then BJP will not have any point to make against AAP and other parties."

Pradip K Dutta, political science professor at DU:

"See, the natural ally is Shiv Sena, so I think BJP need to persuade them that they have to accept some minimal number of ministries. Because what BJP is fighting for now is complete monopoly on Maharashtra politics. But at the same time we don't have the numbers to form the government independently. So, I think BJP will first try with Shiv Sena then if that doesn't work out then they will go ahead with NCP."

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