Following the state BJP executive meeting in Jalna, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra on Monday, 28 January, hinted that an alliance between Shiv Sena and his party is a possibility ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Maharashtra has a total of 48 Lok Sabha seats.
The Shiv Sena had demanded an equal 24-24 seat sharing distributed between it and the BJP. However, the Sena also wanted the Palgahar seat, which the BJP had won in a bypoll in May last year.
The BJP however is not willing to give up Palghar and so has instead agreed to give Shiv Sena a total of 25 seats. The BJP itself would then contest on 23 seats.
The Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party may be reaching an uneasy truce in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The two parties are likely to settle at 23-25 seat sharing formula between the BJP and the Shiv Sena in Mahrashtra.
Earlier in the day, the senior leader from Shiv Sena Sanjay Raut said,”We reiterate Shiv Sena will play the role of a big brother. We are the big brother in Maharashtra, we were the big brother and will stay the big brother.”
Reacting to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s “big brother” comment, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday (January 28) cleared that BJP wants an alliance for development, not because it is helpless.
We’re trying to get into alliance but we are not helpless. BJP is the party which reached 200 from 2. pic.twitter.com/FSuOHX9m4M
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“BJP is not helpless, yes we want alliance but for development of the nation. Don’t want the power to go in hands of people who looted nation for long,” he said.
“We’re trying to get into an alliance but we are not helpless. BJP is the party which reached 200 from 2,” he added.