Sena-BJP asks their candidates to keep the necessary documents required for filing nominations ready.
The Shiv Sena and BJP is yet to arrive at a consensus over the seat sharing issue as each party is coming up with its own formula to resolve the stalemate. Sena is likely to contest on 151 seats and offer 130 seats to BJP. At the same time, both the parties have already asked their leaders to keep the necessary documents required to file nominations. Since the last date for filing nominations is September 27 hence parties want candidates to expedite the process early. The procedure for filing nominations takes time hence parties don’t want their candidates to suffer due to delay in submitting the forms before the Election Commission. Taking into consideration the festive season political parties have very few days to campaign for the assembly election.
A MLA from Shiv Sena spoke to AV on the condition of anonymity and said, “Senior party leaders have asked me to keep all the documents ready for filing nominations as the deadline is fast approaching. They want us to wrap up this task as soon as possible.”
“I will be busy campaigning for the upcoming assembly election. The party has already asked me to print banners, photographs, pamphlets and various stationery materials for the election. Since very days are remaining for the election we will have to really pull up our socks and interact with the people” said a BJP candidate on the condition of anonymity.
The process of filing of nominations is likely to gather steam only from September 24 after the end of ” pitru paksha”–a period Hindu believes is inauspicious. Candidates from major stake-holders like Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress, and NCP have stayed away from filing papers so far as uncertainty prevails over continuation of their respective alliances as the solution to seat-sharing tangle nowhere in sight as of now.
“We have received huge orders from political parties to print posters, hoardings, pamphlets, party symbols and other publicity materials required during election campaigning process. I have asked my staff to work overtime to complete the work as plenty of work is pending” said printer from Kandivali.
The BJP which had registered a historic win in the Lok Sabha poll is confident of winning the assembly election. After its impressive performance in the Lok Sabha election the saffron party has been bargaining for more seats. Sena nonetheless has made it clear that it won’t contest anything less than 150 seats. BJP is unhappy that the smaller parties like Republican Party of India (A), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana have been sidelined by Shiv Sena. It wants Sena to offer more seats to smaller parties but the Sena’s formula allocates only seven seats to them.