Maharashtra election 2019: Shivsena agrees to BJP’s formula for seat sharing?

Congress and NCP are main rivals to the BJP-Shivsena in upcoming 2019 polls which have also tied alliance with each other

Mumbai: Both Bharatiya Janata Party and Shivsena have come to an agreement over the seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections 2019. Shivsena has accepted the Bharatiya Janata Party’s offer of 126 seats, sources said. As per the pre-poll alliance, the BJP will now contest on 144 seats, while the remaining 18 seats will be given other alliance partners.

The BJP will keep the CM’s post if the alliance comes back to power which is likely to be retained by incumbent CM Devendra Fadnavis and will give the deputy CM post to Shivsena.

Shivsena had contested on 282 seats and won 63, while the BJP had contested on 260 and scored a victory on 122 in the 2014 election.

The polls are scheduled on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24.

Congress and NCP are main rivals to the BJP-Shivsena alliance in 2019 polls which have also forged a pre-poll tie-up.

The negotiations over seat-sharing this time went on for long. Earlier this week, senior Shivsena leader Sanjay Raut said the tussle was “as tedious” as the partition of India. At one point, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, in a sarcastic vein, said they would “wait for some time Chief Minister to prepare a list of Shivsena candidates and seats they can contest”.


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