Mumbai, Sep 13 (UNI) The Shiv Sena today said the party had never thought in terms of breaking its 23-year-old alliance with the BJP, which was in the specific interest of the people of Maharashtra.
In an editorial in the party's mouthpiece 'Saamna', of which Bal Thackeray is the editor, it was said the alliance partners had difference of opinion only on the issue of support to Pratibha Patil in the presidential election. The Shiv sena later supported the BJP candidate in the vice - presidential election.
''The Sena never thought of breaking the alliance, though the media caried headlines that the alliance is on the brink'', the editorial observed.
It said ''the alliance was required by the people of Maharashtra and it is bound by the chords of Hindutva''.
''We know the sterling work of Nitin Gadkari as the PWD minister during Shiv Sena - BJP regime in the state. He and Gopinath Munde are like our family members'', the editorial said.
It may be recalled that after the presidential election, the relations between the two parties were strained and on several occasions the editorials in 'Saamna' were written in such a manner that hurt the top BJP leadership.