Following the Shiv Sena's massive announcement on Tuesday regarding not allying with the BJP for the 2019 general elections, the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, who is also in alliance with the Thackerays-led party in the state government and in the BMC has offered his view on the matter.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Fadnavis said about the Shiv Sena:
"They've been saying many things, but I don't want to comment on that".
On whether the Sena's decision, which also entailed the elevation of scion Aaditya Thackeray to party leader, would have an immediate impact, Fadnavis said:
"As of now, we're in a government. This government will complete its term, Shiv Sena and BJP together will complete our full term."
Finally, in a comment about the future, the Maharashtra Chief Minister said, "I'm sure, whatever it takes, we'll get the next term as well."
Earlier on Tuesday, the Shiv Sena, after a meeting called on the birth anniversary of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray had announced that it would break its 29-year-old alliance with the BJP for the upcoming 2019 polls.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, "I moved the resolution for the Shiv Sena to fight the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls on its own in 2019".
The Shiv Sena contributes 18 seats to the NDA in the Lok Sabha and 63 in the Maharashtra Assembly.