The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena are still to finalise the seat-sharing agreement for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, which will be held on October 15 amidst reports that a new formula is under consideration after BJP demanded between 125-130 seats to contest while the Maharashtra outfit would fight in 155 seats.
The decision was taken at the party Central Election Committee meeting which was attended by senior leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Vinod Tawde, OP Mathur and Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Phadnavis. BJP in-charge of Maharashtra, OP Mathur, said, “We haven’t got any proposal from Shiv Sena rather we have given out formula. We haven’t heard from them as yet. Irrespective of what is decided, we will take up the matter with the Central Parliamentary Board in Delhi.”
The BJP has refused to discuss on winnability of seats and has demanded seats in Uran, Raigad where the party has no presence.
Shiv Sena would contest on at least 150 seats and had rejected BJP’s proposal of equal seat sharing. While called for a meeting of district presidents at Sena Bhavan, Shiv Sena is likely to take a call on the proposal by Sunday. Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Exchange of seats will surely take place. On number of seats we will try to take a final call by tomorrow. We will take a positive call.”
Though the alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena was on the verge of collapse on Friday, the parties declared that they would fight the elections together and that the division of seats would be worked out amicably, after the meeting.
Senior Sena leader Subhash Desai said that there were some misunderstandings which have been clarified and both sides want to continue the alliance.
“Our aim is to make Maharashtra corruption-free and Congress-free. We will do everything that is in the interest of the state. We want to continue the alliance,” said Aditya Thackeray. Apart from seat sharing, another matter of discussion going on in the parties is about Uddhav Thackeray being the next chief ministerial candidate.