October 23, 2019 | 12:09 AM IST
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BJP-Shiv Sena to split over seats in State Assembly polls

Upset over seat-sharing with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena has decided to go contest alone for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray has made it clear to top party leaders to be prepared to contest for all 288 seats in Maharashtra, in case the alliance with BJP does not remain intact.
The Shiv Sena chief recently called a meeting of top party leaders to discuss that BJP is offering a lesser number of seats (106 seats) to its state ally following which some SS leaders agreed that the deal must not be accepted.
Some sources revealed that Shiv Sena has demanded a revolving Chief Ministership if the BJP-NDA wins the upcoming election.
It may be recollected that BJP and Shiv Sena entered into an alliance before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and it was agreed that both parties will be contesting on an equal number of seats in the upcoming state assembly elections after allies get their shares.

Shiv Sena has raised an objection to BJP’s strategy that after taking out the seats that the two parties won in 2014, the remaining seats will be distributed equally. A few days ago, Uddhav Thackeray shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and announced that the alliance of BJP and his party for Assembly election was ‘inevitable’.

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