BJP announces end of 25-year-old alliance with Sena in Maharashtra

The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) will contest the Maharashtra Assembly polls alone as it has ended the 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena, the party announced on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the BJP leaders walked out of a meeting with their Shiv Sena interlocutors called to discuss seat-sharing for Maharashtra Assembly polls and the latter charging BJP with being “in a hurry to end the relationship”.

State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Vinod Tawde had left the meeting midway, terming Sena’s proposals as “unaccomodative” of the allies.

“We have received several proposals from Shiv Sena, but all these show they are not accommodative of either BJP or other allies,” Fadnavis told reporters emerging from the meeting at BJP’s Maharashtra election observer OP Mathur’s residence.

A few minutes after Fadvanis and Tawde had left, senior Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote, who along with Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai was sent by party chief Uddhav Thackeray for the negotiations, said “BJP is in a hurry to end the relationship”. “We had come to discuss the final proposal sent by Uddhav Thackeray. There were differences on only a few seats but they left the meeting without even caring to inform us,” Raote said.

One of the proposals, according to reports, was that Shiv Sena and BJP will contest 151 and 127 seats respectively leaving 10 of the state’s 288 Assembly seats for smaller allies. Additionally, it was said that three candidates of smaller partners of 6-party ‘Mahayuti’ will contest on Sena tickets and, similarly, BJP would accommodate one nominee in its quota of seats.

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