Alliance with BJP may end if not given 144 seats: Diwakar Raote

BJP had earlier offered 135 seats to Shiv Sena on the basis of 50-50 formula while intending to distribute remaining 18 seats to the smaller allies

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With the Maharashtra assembly elections coming close, the tension between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also increased over the seat-sharing issue. 

Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote, who is also the state Transport Minister, said that if Sena doesn't get 144 seats, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance may end. 

While Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance have agreed to contest upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls on the 50-50 formula (125 seats each), the Shiv Sena and BJP alliance seem to be struggling with the same. 

Of the total 288 assembly seats, the Congress-NCP alliance have agreed to provide 38 seats to the smaller allies. However, Shiv Sena has demanded 144 seats suggesting that the BJP should give provide the same to smaller allies from their share of seats. 

BJP had offered 135 seats to Shiv Sena on the basis of 50-50 formula while intending to distribute remaining 18 seats to the smaller allies. However, Shiv Sena doesn’t seem to agree with the proposal. 

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Earlier, Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksh (MSP) chief Narayan Rane had said that he will merge his party with the BJP. However, Shiv Sena opposed the same. 

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