MUMBAI: Days after a squabble over the seat-sharing in the upcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party has bowed down to Shiv Sena’s demand of 135 seats, and sent a list of 119 seats to the central leadership, CNN IBN reports.
The BJP-Sena alliance seemed to be in trouble as the Uddhav Thackeray-led party was not ready to accept the BJP’s demand for equal seat sharing and insisted that the chief minister should be from the Shiv Sena. BJP relents to Sena’s demands, to contest 119 seats in assembly. The alliance seemed to be in trouble as Shiv Sena was not ready to accept the BJP’s demand for equal seat sharing in Maharashtra assembly polls.
Senior BJP leaders from Maharashtra, including Devendra Fadnavis and Vinod Tawde, met union minister Nitin Gadkari at his New Delhi residence to discuss the issue.
Both parties have reportedly had heated seat-sharing discussions in the last few days.
Also, the dismal performance in the recently-concluded by-polls in ten states could be one of the reasons for the BJP’s climb-down.
The Shiv Sena on Wednesday described the Sep 13 by-poll results as an “unexpected shock and surprise” and said there are lessons to be learnt from it for the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.
“Don’t take the voters for granted… They are very intelligent. Keep your feet on the ground and don’t indulge in sword-fights from the air… Otherwise, the people will skin you,” the party said in an oblique reference to ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an edit in the party organ ‘Saamana’.
The edit came a day after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan by-polls.