Mumbai: The Shiv Sena is stepping up pressure on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) even as talks on seat-sharing are still inconclusive. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has summoned all district unit chiefs in Mumbai on Wednesday to ‘gauge’ their preparedness if the party decides to go alone in the forthcoming Assembly polls.

A senior Shiv Sena leader said on condition of anonymity that Thackeray “will have free and frank discussion with district unit chiefs who are the backbone of our party. He will ask them to express their views on the issue of contesting 15 October Assembly polls on our own."

BJP president Amit Shah, who is on a two-day state tour, is expected to hold talks with office bearers of the state unit in Mumbai on Wednesday and take a final call on alliance with Sena.

In the 2009 Assembly elections, Shiv Sena had contested 169 seats and the BJP had fielded its candidates for 119 seats. But this time, the BJP is demanding an equal number of seats, while the Sena is not ready to contest anything less than 150 seats.

Meanwhile, an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana’s Wednesday edition has taken several potshots at the BJP over the party’s debacle in the Assembly bypolls.

The editorial says the biggest lesson of this bypolls for everyone is that people should not be taken for granted.

The editorial said that success in Lok Sabha polls is no guarantee of success in Assembly elections and victory in Assembly polls doesn’t ensure success in elections to the local self-government bodies.

“The issues and personalities which impact the elections differ from election to election, so nobody should be under any illusion that past waves will ride us to fresh victories", the editorial said.

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