26/01/2017 9:33 PM IST | Updated 26/01/2017 9:33 PM IST

Shiv Sena To Contest BMC Polls Alone, Won't Enter Into Alliance With BJP

"The fight has started."

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File photo of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

MUMBAI -- Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday announced that his party would contest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) solo, thereby ruling out an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In a repeat of the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena has once again decided to fight it out alone. Thackeray confirmed that the Shiv Sena will not enter into an alliance with any party.

According to reports, Sena and the BJP held seat-sharing talks but failed to reach an agreement.

"I will not go into an alliance, from now the fight has started," Thackeray said.

Thackeray's statement comes days after Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve earlier this week said that his party was hoping for a positive response from its ally which could lead to an amicable seat-sharing formula.

The BMC polls will be held on February 21, and results will be announced on February 23.

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