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BJP Softens Stand on Seat Sharing With Shiv-Sena

The BJP-Shiv Sena tussle for seat sharing appears to come to an end after the decision taken by them to contest on 119 instead of 135 seats in the upcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra.
Regarding the issue, the decision was taken after Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari met the Maharashtra BJP leaders in Mumbai, on Wednesday. Gadkari and the party’s state unit leaders agreed to contest polls on 119 seats during the meeting.
There were two meetings held over the issue of BJP leadership in Mumbai. State BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis, Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde and senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar have attended the meeting.
On Monday, Shiv Sena had rejected the 135-seat sharing compromise talk put forward by the BJP for Maharashtra Assembly elections. The Sena has been firm that it will contest on at least 150 seats in the 288-member Assembly.
BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the core committee has put forth its opinion before Nitin Gadkari. “We were never pushing for a specific number of seats. Our demand was about winnability of seats. Winnability should be the criteria,” he said.
However, BJP leader in-charge of Maharashtra affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy had said on Sunday that the party had proposed that after allotting respective share of seats to smaller alliance partners, the remaining seats should be divided equally between BJP and Shiv Sena.
While Shiv Sena has always got a bigger chunk of seats in the Assembly elections, the BJP contests more seats in Lok Sabha polls. In the 2009 Assembly polls, Shiv Sena had contested 169 seats and won 44, whereas BJP bagged 46 despite putting up candidates in only 119 seats.
If Shiv Sena wins in the polls, Uddhav Thackeray has expresed his desire to become the next Maharashtra Chief Minister. He said, “I want the people to give me a chance and they will not be given a chance to complain.
[category-Politics] [tags-BJP, seat-sharing, election, Shiv-Sena, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Modi, Uddhav Thackeray]

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