BJP-Sena ties in trouble over seat-sharing

RSTV Bureau

shiv-senaFurther hardening his stand on seat-sharing with BJP, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday that he has rejected the saffron ally’s demand for contesting 135 seats in Maharashtra assembly polls and hinted at going it alone, saying “everything has an alternative”.

“They (BJP) offered a proposal under which they wanted to contest 135 seats and I have rejected it,” Uddhav, who had on last Saturday asserted the next Chief Minister would be from “Shiv Sena only” if the saffron alliance came to power, Uddhav Thackeray said .

Senior BJP leader and spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy had said on Sunday that his party had proposed that after allotting seats to smaller allies like RPI(A) and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana of Raju Shetty, the two major constituents of ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) should contest an equal number of 135 seats.

Shiv Sena and BJP had contested 169 and 119 seats respectively in the 2009 assembly election.

Uddhav also said since “talks are still on and till the decision on alliance is reached, I will not say anything negative”.

The ties between the two parties, Uddhav said, were 25- years-old and the “going has been good for Shiv Sena and BJP together. We should pull down this Congress-NCP government and save the people of Maharashtra”.

“BJP had its mission 272 for Lok Sabha polls, we have our mission 150 for the assembly election. Nobody should have any objection to it,” he said.

The Sena chief also denied having said anything against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event organised by a TV news channel on Saturday.

Uddhav had on Saturday said Shiv Sena’s contribution to NDA’s victory in Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra cannot be ignored.

“Did the Modi wave show in Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Orissa and West Bengal? It depends on alliance partners as well. Modi is Prime Minister of our alliance,” he had said.

In the first public expression of his desire to become the Chief Minister, Uddhav had on Saturday said, “It is for the people to decide if they trust me. They will decide whom they want as the face (chief minister). I am not hankering after any post but will not shy away from responsibility either…But the face will be from Shiv Sena only.”