Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Shiv Sena may consider 135 seats, BJP worried about allies: The Shiv Sena’s tone regarding the alliance for assembly elections in Maharashtra is beginning to soften. If a Shiv Sena leader is to be believed, then the party may agree on 135 of the total 288 assembly seats in the state for the upcoming assembly elections.
However, the BJP wants that smaller parties of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) should also be suitably accommodated. Earlier, Shiv Sena was adamant on the demand for 144 seats and the post of Chief Minister for two and a half years.
The party’s senior leader said, “Accepting the formula to contest 135-135 seats, Shiv Sena can leave 18 seats for other alliance parties – RPI (A), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and Shiv Sangram Party”. However, Shiv Sena wants the BJP to allocate 18 more seats for its allies as they are its partners. There is little scope for BJP’s approval on this proposal, but if this happens, the party will be able to field candidates for only 117 seats.
On the other hand, BJP’s allies further complicated this problem. RPI (A) leader and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, RSP leader and Minister of State Madhav Jankar and SSP leader Vinayak Mete have refused to contest the assembly elections on a BJP ticket. Sources say that BJP’s election managers are demanding more than 135 seats to accommodate the increasing political power and leaders from other parties.
Shiv Sena chief has told the alliance to PM Modi atal
Last Saturday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray shared the stage at an event in Mumbai with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. During this, he had said that the alliance between the two parties is irrevocable. The two parties contested separate elections in the 2014 assembly elections. In this, BJP won 122 seats and Shiv Sena won 63 seats.
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