CM Fadnavis to meet Amit Shah to take call on alliance with Shiv Sena

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP's state unit President Chandrakant Patil met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the possible solution for seat-sharing issue with Shiv Sena


As the Election Commission of India (ECI) declares poll dates for 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections, the political parties including ruling and opposition have started their preparations for the same. The assembly elections in the state are scheduled on October 21. 

While Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance has decided on the seat distribution, Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are yet to resolve the same. 

On Thursday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP's state unit President Chandrakant Patil met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the possible solution for seat-sharing issue.

As per sources, there is a tension between Shiv Sena and BJP over eight to 10 assembly seats. Earlier, BJP had offered Shiv Sena around 120-130 seats. However, Shiv Sena objected to the same while demanding 140-144 seats for the assembly polls. 

Senior Shiv Sena leaders Diwakar Raote and Sanjay Raut maintained that the alliance may break if BJP doesn’t respect the 50-50 formula for seat-sharing. 

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CM Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were seen sharing a stage in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday but remained silent on the seat-sharing issue. While addressing the gathering, CM Fadnavis and Thackeray made it clear that their parties will contest the elections together and will claim victory. 

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