The 25-year-old BJP-Shiv Sena’s alliance is over, sources claimed on Thursday. After failing to resolve the seat-sharing deadlock with the Shiv Sena, sources said that they have given up year-old alliance with Shiv Sena.
As BJP president Amit Shah had decided to cancel his trip to Mumbai for second time, the developments of the issue took place. In order to find a solution to the impasse over the seat-sharing issue for the upcoming 15 October assembly elections, Shah was scheduled to hold talks with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
Sources say that a new proposal was discussed in which the Sena will contest 148 seats, and three seats will be contested by the alliance partners on Sena symbol while the BJP will contest 127 seats and 13 will be given to the smaller parties.
Though BJP had accepted this proposal, it demands exchange of seats at present. According to reports, sources said, BJP has demanded seats in areas like Panvel where the party has little presence.
According to reports, last day, the smaller allies had threatened to walk out of the alliance while the formula was declared. But, a report had quoted Mahadev Jankar of the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, saying that last night the smaller allies would be happy to fight on 14 seats instead of the earlier demand of 18. Now, both parties seem to take efforts to win over the smaller members of the ‘Mahayuti’.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, ‘Saamana’, claimed, "Whatever happens, the allies will be with Sena.” On the contrary, a senior BJP leader said that the smaller parties know that their interests would be served only by aligning with BJP.
One of the party leaders reportedly said, "Be it a Union Cabinet berth, a Rajya Sabha seat or any position in the government, they know that only BJP has the power to do it."