Mumbai (JPN/Bureau): Reacting sharply to the suggestion offered by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde to join hands with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, said that the 22-year old Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in the state has served as a soothing 'Ram balm' so there is no question of a third 'Zandu balm'.

Gopinath Munde,. the BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, projected the incorporation of Raj Thackeray's MNS into the SS-BJP alliance.
There were reports in the media that the Sena-BJP may go with the MNS in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation polls scheduled next year. MNS chief Raj's courtesy visit to state
BJP office last year had sparked the reports.

Asked about the reports, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had said on Sunday that the decision about forging an alliance with any other party would be taken at the national

 Senior BJP leader and MP Gopinath Munde had expressed the possibility of the party joining hands with MNS, saying such an alliance can bring down Congress-NCP ruling Government
in the state. He was speaking in the context of MNS dividing votes of the saffron alliance during last Assembly polls which could be avoided with the new formula.

A week later, Munde claimed before some mediapersons unofficially that his proposal had not been strongly rejected by both Sena and MNS.
Moreover, he contended that the ordinary workers of the two parties were in favour of such an alliance which could catapult these three opposition parties to power in the state.
In the editorial, Thackeray lauded the remarks of BJP senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad who said here that any talks of alliance with any party would be the prerogative of the party's central leadership.

He asserted that the SS-BJP alliance in Maharashtra was on a strong footing and that the BJP always considered making alliances keeping a national perspective.
'There are many who are jealous of the 22-year old flourishing SS-BJP saffron alliance in the state and were keen to break it up. However, it was not formed with some selfish motives but for the cause of Hindutva,'
 Thackeray said barring Maharashtra and Punjab - the BJP's alliances in different states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh had suffered on various counts. In an acerbic comment, Thackeray advised Munde that instead of talking like practicing the old family planning norm of 'Do Ya Teen, Bas' (Two or Three, Enough) it is time to practice 'Keval Do' (Only Two), as far as Maharashtra is concerned.