Saffron trouble ends: Sena, BJP agree on seat sharing in Maharashtra

Parties agreed upon the formula in which the Shiv Sena and BJP will contest 151 and 123 seats
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, BJP and other partners in the "Mahayuti (grand alliance)" have finalised their seat-sharing formula and the official announcement about it will be made on Thursday, according to Rashtriya Samaj Paksh leader Mahadev Jankar.
Leaders of all six parties that are part of the grand alliance held discussions late into Wednesday night. According to Mr Jankar, all parties have agreed upon the formula in which the Shiv Sena and BJP will contest 151 and 123 seats, respectively. The remaining 14 seats will be shared among the four smaller parties. The development came at the end of another long day of haggling. The Shiv Sena had given a new formula to the BJP to persuade the smaller allies, Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathana (SSS), Republican Party of India (RPI), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) and Shiv Sangram, who were very upset.
"The new formula would provide 14 seats to the allies, of them the SSS would contest seven seats, the RSP three, RPI two and Shiv Sangram two," sources said.
Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP president, had said earlier on Wednesday that discussions between them and smaller parties were in the final stage.
"We are working on a new formula for seat-sharing. The dignity of all our allies will be maintained," Mr Fadnavis had said. He added that the BJP had decided to contest the polls with their alliance partners, who have showed faith in them.The current situation is unprecedented in the state’s history. There are only three days left for filing of nominations but there are no manifestos and candidates have not yet been named.
( Source : dc )
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