BJP comes up with a new formula to end the stalemate over seat sharing issue.
The Shiv Sena BJP is working overtime to resolve the seat sharing issue which has been creating a rift between both the parties. Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena President is confident that the seat sharing arrangements will be finalised soon. The BJP has come up with a formula of 135 seats for either party and distribute the remaining 18 seats to allies like RPI-A, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, RSP (Rashtriya Samaj Paksha) and Loksangram party. The saffron party wants the chief ministerial post to go to the party which bags maximum seats in the assembly election. Sena and BJP have been at loggerheads over the seat distribution issue with leaders from both the parties issuing statements about it.
Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut had already said that the CM’s post will go to Sena. He said, “The party which was developed by Balasaheb Thackeray will be strengthened soon. We have supported Modi and will continue to do so in the future. The people of Maharashtra want Uddhav to become the Chief Minister.”
Uddhav Thackeray had recently expressed his desire to become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the first time, evoking a cautious response from ally BJP that the matter will be discussed after the polls are over.
“We are in alliance with BJP for 25 years and I want it to continue. I want the BJP-Sena alliance to win polls in Maharashtra. The talks about seat sharing are going on. When this issue will get resolved you will get to know through media” added Uddhav.
“If the BJP goes alone they will surely come to power, right now they both might agree on 50/50 seats and after the elections when BJP gets around 110 and Sena around 60 they will stub BJP by demanding CM’s post or will get out of alliance. Remember how they played during Presidential election to support the dumb Pratibha Patil in the name of just Marathi. BJP has good leaders like Sena has no leader to represent on at the state level, Uddhav is not mature” said Vibha Rahi
“I am trying my best for an alliance. We don’t want to take any steps to break the alliance as it is for Hindutva” added Thackeray.
In 2009, the Sena had contested 169 seats. The BJP, which contested 119 seats the last time, feels entitled to a greater share after winning more seats than the Sena in the national election. Uddhav had mentioned in the Saamna editorial that “a lust for power can lead to divorce”.
BJP chief Amit Shah, who is to visit Mumbai on Wednesday, could also meet Mr Thackeray.
Elections will be held in Maharashtra on October 15 and votes will be counted on the 19th. In the national election, the BJP won 23 of the state’s 48 seats. The Sena won 18.