In first signs of a thaw in the saffron alliance after a tense stand-off over seat-sharing for Maharashtra Assembly polls, Shiv Sena said on Tuesday that the situation in the state is “good” and the “horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable” against “Congress-NCP mules”.
Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also blamed “some in the media” for wanting the alliance to snap.
“The situation in Maharashtra is good. The horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable. There is no value of Congress-NCP mules,” it said even as leaders of the two parties today came together in front of the media for the first time in several days and asserted both wanted the alliance to continue.
“What news is there if the alliance remains? But there is certainly news if it snaps. That is why, some in media are waiting for the alliance to snap,” the editorial said.
“It is said that there is betting of Rs 100-500 crore on whether ‘Mahayuti’ alliance will remain or break,” it said, adding “media is now part of this betting. A section is waiting for the alliance to break so that it can be sensational news.”
Sena leaders reach BJP office
Senior Shiv Sena leaders today held talks with BJP aiming to end the deadlock on seat sharing that is threatening to disintegrate their 25-year-old alliance ahead of the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly elections.
Sena group leader in Assembly Subhash Desai, party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut arrived at the BJP office — Vasant Smriti Bhavan– in Dadar in central Mumbai around noon and met top BJP leaders on the alliance issue.
BJP’s Maharashtra poll in-charge Om Mathur and state party president Devendra Fadnavis were among those present at the meeting.
BJP has already rejected the formula put forth by Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray of his party contesting 151, BJP-119 and allies 18 seats for the elections to the 288-member state Assembly.
BJP yesterday made a counter offer seeking 130, a climbdown from earlier 135, but said it would contest all 288 seats if “compelled” to part ways from its oldest ally in the
Addressing a press conference after the meeting of senior Sena and BJP leaders, Leader of Opposition in state Council Vinod Tawde said both the parties want the alliance to continue.
“It is the desire of Sena and BJP that the alliance continue,” Tawde said.
“No leader from either party wants the 25-year-old alliance to break,” he said.
“A new formula (on seat-sharing) was discussed today,” he said.
However, he did not reveal what the formula was.
“A final decision will be taken by today evening after consulting our ‘Mahayuti’ allies,” he said.
RPI, RSP, SSP and Shivsangram are the other partners of the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance).