Bengal polls: Shiv Sena to not contest, expresses solidarity with Mamata Banerjee

The Shiv Sena on Thursday announced that it will not contest the upcoming West Bengal polls and extended its support to the ruling All India Trinamool Congress.

“Looking at the present scenario, it appears like a ‘Didi vs all’ fight. All ‘M’s – Money, Muscle, and Media are being used against ‘Mamata Didi,” Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut tweeted, adding that the party stands in solidarity with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

“We wish Mamata Didi a ‘roaring’ success, because we believe she is the real Bengal Tigress,” Raut said.

The West Bengal elections will be held in eight phases, between March 27 and April 29. The results will be announced on May 2.