On January 23 2018, Shiv Sena, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) coalition ally in the central government and in the state government of Maharashtra, announced its decision to split with the BJP for upcoming elections.
This implies that Sena will contest the general election (scheduled for early 2019) and Maharashtra state assembly elections (scheduled for late 2019) independently. However, Sena remains a part of the government coalition at the central and state levels, and has not provided any indication that it is likely to withdraw from either government before the relevant elections are due.
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