Maharashtra polls: Final BJP-Shiv Sena seat sharing numbers out
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced its alliance with the Shiv Sena to contest the Maharashtra assembly elections 2019. The alliance was announced in a joint press conference by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
While the seat-sharing deal between the BJP and the Shiv Sena for the Maharashtra assembly election 2019 has not been sealed, the saffron party has so far announced its candidates on 152 assembly seats. Its allies in Maharashtra have announced their candidates for 12 seats who would be contesting on BJP tickets.
The BJP’s allies like Narayan Rane’s son Nitesh Rane of the Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksh, and RSP candidate and sitting MLA From Daund, Rahul Kul, too, have been named in its candidates’ lists.
The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, has announced its candidates’ for 124 assembly constituencies in Maharashtra.
If the seat-sharing deal of BJP+ and Shiv Sena settles at 164-124, the BJP and its allies would collectively field its candidates on 164 assembly seats. The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, would alone contest on 124 assembly seats.
When asked about the seat-sharing with the BJP for the Maharashtra assembly election, Uddhav Thackeray said that the talks on the deal are still on.
Addressing the presser, Devendra Fadnavis said, “The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance got huge support from people in the Lok Sabha polls. The alliance between the two parties worked out so we decided that the same ‘mahayuti’ should come together in the Maharashtra assembly election.”
“Many had questions if we will be able to seal the alliance, but it happened. Every one compromised to form this grand alliance,” Devendra Fadnavis said.