Saying that merely gaining power had never been the Shiv Sena’s aim, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday that the party was fighting for the good of the people by playing the Opposition’s role even while remaining a part of the coalition.Mr. Raut was in the city to meet Sena leaders and workers in Pimpri, Chinchwad and Bhosari after the party’s decision to go it alone in the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly polls.Dig at NCP, CongressTaking potshots at the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, Mr. Raut said, “BJP will be Sena’s enemy in the elections, as the Congress is in a state of hibernation and the NCP has not been able to get its act together in the State.” He said that some parties could not bear the idea of the Sena contesting the elections alone. “The Sena has always been, and will continue to remain, an aggressive political force to reckon with. It will always fight for the cause of Hindutva,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.Criticism from Pawar Meanwhile, NCP leader Ajit Pawar hit back at Mr. Raut’s barbs, saying that Sena’s innumerable gestures calling for severing ties with the BJP over the past three years had proved to be “empty threats”. “The Sena has deteriorated from being a ‘tiger’ during the time of the late Bal Thackeray to being a tortoise in the shell. It will continue to cling to power, which it failed to secure for so long,” Mr. Pawar said at the NCP’s Halla Bol rally in Jalna.