BJP president Amit Shah called Uddhav Thackeray to reconsider his stand on seat sharing

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday termed the ongoing impasse between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over seat-sharing for the Maharashtra Assembly polls as extremely unfortunate and gave the final offer of 119 seats to the alliance partner.

Addressing his party workers here, Thackeray said there is a tug of war going on in the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. “The party workers have given me the authority to take a decision and I will do it with responsibility, keeping everything in mind. We are making the last effort to save the alliance. 151 seats for Shiv Sena, 119 for BJP and the rest 18 for others,” he said.

The Shiv Sena supremo further said that seat distribution was a complicated affair.

BJP leader Vinod Tawde had yesterday claimed that its ally Shiv Sena has offered his party 126 seats in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls.

Meanwhile, the BJP Central Election Committee is expected to meet in New Delhi this evening to decide on the Shiv Sena’s final proposal.

The BJP, which is riding high on its splendid victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is firm over its decision to contest on 135 seats.
September 27 is the deadline for filing of nominations for the Maharashtra assembly polls, which is scheduled to be held on October 15.

The BJP won 23 of Maharashtra’s 48 seats while the Shiv Sena won 18 in the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress-NCP alliance, which has governed Maharashtra since 1999, emerged victorious in only six seats.

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