No More Compromise: Uddhav Thackeray's clear message to BJP

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that they can’t cater to BJP’s problems every time as his party also wants to grow while demanding that the 50-50 formula deal should be implemented now

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The results for the assembly elections were declared on October 24 and gave a clear majority to Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance in Maharashtra. 

However, the performance of both saffron alliance – Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - was not up to the mark and both the parties won on fewer seats as compared to the previous assembly elections. BJP won in 105 seats while Shiv Sena managed to gain victory on 56 seats. 

In 2014 assembly elections, BJP had received 122 seats while Shiv Sena won on 63 seats. This time, BJP lost 17 seats while Shiv Sena lost only seven seats. 

After the results were declared for the assembly elections, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday evening reminded BJP to honour the 50-50 power-sharing deal which was fixed before the Lok Sabha elections this year. 

While talking to the media at Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar, Uddhav Thackeray said that they have already compromised on the seat-sharing after BJP asked them to. However, they can’t be more generous anymore. 

I want my party to grow. We contested on fewer seats when BJP approached us. However, we can’t compromise anymore. BJP must honour the 50-50 deal which was made before the Lok Sabha polls. We will talk to BJP high command to discuss the same and if it doesn’t work, we will look for an alternative,” said Uddhav Thackeray.

This hints that Shiv Sena is not ready to compromise on its demand. With Aditya Thackeray’s debut win from Worli constituency in the assembly elections, the Sena might field the Yuva Sena chief as a Chief Ministerial candidate.

Thackeray further said that they can’t cater to BJP’s problems every time as Sena also wants to grow while demanding that the 50-50 formula deal should be implemented now. 

The Shiv Sena chief went on to say that they will form the government only when this 50-50 power-sharing formula is fixed. This fuelled speculations that if BJP doesn’t agree to Sena’s demands, they may not support BJP to form the government in Maharashtra.

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With this, Uddhav Thackeray has become the centre of attraction in Maharashtra politics and hold the key to power. It has been made clear by Sena that if BJP doesn’t agree to its demands, they may withdraw their support and not form the government with BJP.

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