The Shivsena has been insisting on 50:50 seat-sharing, but the BJP does not appear to be agreed to this formula
Mumbai: On Tuesday Shivsena’s tall leader Sanjay Raut said the BJP needs to introspect if it cannot honour its commitment and asserted on the seat-sharing formula with the BJP for Maharashtra Assembly polls was decided before the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year.
Asked whether the Shivsena will have an alliance with the BJP for next month’s state polls, Raut told that his party is always “positive” in its thinking.
“The seat-sharing formula for the state Assembly elections was decided before the Lok Sabha polls…If the BJP is not true to its commitment and word are given, then it needs introspection,” said Raut.
“Maharashtra is the land of (warrior king) Shivaji Maharaj, and here commitment given is important. We have worked with (BJP leaders) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pramod Mahajan, L K Advani. They always honoured the commitments given,” said Raut.
The Shivsena has maintained that the seat-sharing formula was decided during the Lok Sabha elections, where the two parties had a pre-poll alliance.
According to the Uddhav Thackeray, both parties should get equal distribution of seats and sharing of the chief minister’s post for two-and-a-half years.
The saffron allies are currently locked in an intense negotiation on seat-sharing and a consensus has eluded them till now on how many constituencies each of them will contest.
Maharashtra has 288 Assembly seats, of which the BJP won 122 and the Sena 63 in the 2014 state polls, which they fought separately.
The Shivsena has been insisting on 50:50 division of seats, but the BJP does not appear to be agreed to this formula.
If an alliance formalizes, the two parties also have to accommodate even smaller allies which are part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
On Sunday Addressing a rally, BJP president Amit Shah lauded Fadnavis for his performance over the last five years and asserted he will continue to hold the top post after elections, which he claimed, the NDA will win with a three-fourth majority.