Maharashtra election: Sena-BJP alliance in a limbo

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014,16:18 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday made a final offer of 119 seats to BJP to save the alliance in Maharashtra even as he served an ultimatum to its ally and said, “We are making last effort to save the alliance.”
According to Shiv Sena’s final formula, it will contest 151 seats, BJP 119 while 18 seats will be left for others.
Hours after Uddhav Thackeray made the announcement, the BJP rejected it and hit out at its ally for using media to convey the ‘final offer’.
BJP said there was nothing new in Shiv Sena’s proposal and asked the ally to sort out seat-sharing issue through discussion and not through media.
Reacting to Uddhav’s “last effort to save the alliance”, the BJP said there is no last formula in an alliance.
“You don’t discuss these things through media, these things are discussed face to face,” BJP leader Vinod Tawde said adding, “BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is very old and should be taken forward. And if alliance needs to be maintained there is no last formula.”
Justifying its demand for greater number of seats, BJP said they were asking for redistribution of seats that Sena had not won in the last 25 years.
Earlier addressing party workers, Uddhav Thackeray admitted to a ‘tug of war’ in alliance with the BJP and said seat distribution was a complicated affair.
In what was a direct message to the Prime Minister, Uddhav Thackeray reminded Narendra Modi that late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had supported him after the Gujarat riots.
“Today I am making a final attempt to ensure that the Mahayuti (grand alliance of opposition parties) stays intact. Sena had initially asked for 160 seats. But now we are ready to part with nine seats. Shiv Sena will fight on 151 seats, leaving 119 seats for BJP. The remaining 18 seats will be given to our allies,” he said.