"Our other (Mahayuti) alliance parties wanted the Sena-BJP combine to continue. More than that, it was what the 11 crore people of Maharashtra wanted. Those who trampled these sentiments are enemies of Maharashtra," Sena said.

"This (breaking of alliance) is an insult to the 105 Marathi martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra movement," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said here.

"It is unfortunate that the Sena-BJP alliance which for the last 25 years was bound by the Hindutva ideology has ended," the Sena said.

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"We made sincere efforts till the end to ensure that the alliance with BJP and other parties of Mahayuti remained intact," the editorial said.

"It will now be seen what happens next. Whatever goddess Tulja Bhavani proposes will happen. The only expectation is that in all this politics, the mathematics of Maharashtra's future should not get disturbed," it said.

Congress and its leaders should not worry about the future of a united Mumbai and Maharashtra because Shiv Sena and the saffron flag will protect Maharashtra, it said.

"Soon the realisation will dawn that those who flew away (BJP) were crows of 'pitrapaksh' and those who remain are Mavle (a term used for Chhhatrapati Shivaji's soldiers)," the editorial further said.

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who hasn't yet reacted to the alliance breakup, will make his views known at a public rally in Mumbai tomorrow, Sena sources said.

BJP, Shiv Sena begin wooing smaller alliance partners

After the 25-year-old BJP-Shiv Sena alliance came to an end, both the parties appealed to their smaller alliance partners to join hands with them for the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly polls.

Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India said  that Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has "requested" support from it for the assembly polls.

"Uddhav has expressed his disappointment with the BJP for breaking the alliance and said Shiv Sena always wanted to keep the alliance intact. He has requested me to support Shiv Sena for the polls," Athawale told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

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Earlier, Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis had told reporters the BJP would fight the Maharashtra assembly polls with smaller allies.

"BJP has worked out a seat-sharing deal with Mahadeo Jankar's Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and Raju Shetty's Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. Our talks with Vinayak Mete of Shiv Sangram are in its final stages and we will also speak to RPI's Ramdas Athawale," Fadnavis had said.

Athawale said he would try once again to patch up the difference between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, but would take a final call about support any party after consulting his party workers.

"This has been a grand alliance (Mahayuti). We cannot simply let it end. I will try to patch up differences between the estranged parties, but if nothing works out, I will meet my party workers tomorrow and take a final call," Athawale said.

Congress-NCP part ways

After the split of BJP-Shiv Sena allaince, it was the turn for NCP, Congress' oldest ally in UPA, to break their 15-year association, citing neglect by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, and deciding to withdraw from the government.

The messy break up between ideologically compatible pro-Hindutva allies came after days of hectic parleys on seat-sharing between the leaders of the two parties and their smaller allies, often marked by tough posturing, while the separation between Congress and NCP followed protracted frosty vibes from the two sides.

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The developments have dramatically altered the political landscape in Maharashtra, which had become used to two blocs - Sena-BJP and Congress-NCP - dominating the scene.

NCP decision pre-scripted: Cong 

Fuming after ally NCP's announcement that it will walk out of the alliance in Maharashtra, Congress alleged it was a "pre-scripted" decision of Sharad Pawar's party. Congress general secretary in-charge of the state Mohan Prakash also indicated that the party was exploring the option of aligning with other like-minded parties on board to fight elections there.

"Congress always made efforts to keep secular forces together. From our side, we made all efforts to ensure that alliance continues and there was never a lack of communication... But it seems, the script was already written before," Prakash said.

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He also said that the effort of Congress will still be to fight the election after bringing the secular forces together to take forward the development and pride of Maharashtra.

Samajwadi Party and some other smaller parties also contest elections in Maharashtra. In the backdrop of the growing proximity of SP and Janta Dal United, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav has visited Mumbai to forge some kind of secular grouping for the Assembly elections there.

Congress is supporting the JD(U) government in Bihar. Though there are no official confirmation from any of these parties, there is a likelihood that Congress could get support from them in the Assembly polls. 

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