Terming as "unfortunate" the break-up of its alliance, BJP said time constraints and "inflexibility" of Shiv Sena compelled it to contest the coming polls without its old ally.

"It is very unfortunate that we have to part ways after 25 years of journey. We have seen lots of ups and downs with Shiv Sena and we have braved them boldly for the last 25 years, BJP general secretary and incharge of party affairs in Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He said if there was more time left for nominations, the negotiations could have gone on to find an amicable solution but time constraints and an "inflexible" Shiv Sena forced the split.

"Reluctantly, we have to part ways as there is a severe constraint of time as all nominations for 288 seats which will include our smaller alliance partners has to be accomplished by September 27, the deadline for nominations fixed by the Election Commission," said the BJP leader who spearheaded the talks with Shiv Sena along with party's election incharge of the state Om Mathur.

"We are committed that even if we are parting ways there will be no bitterness whatsoever between our old partners and the sole consideration of these elections is to get rid of NCP-Congress regime which has unleashed years of misgovernance and corruption," he said.

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