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Maharashtra: BJP prepares ground to claim majority seats in 2019 Assembly polls

By New Indian Express calender  05-Sep-2019

Maharashtra: BJP prepares ground to claim majority seats in 2019 Assembly polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has given consent for the pre-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena, has begun talking about seat-sharing for the 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra. The BJP is likely to pitch for majority seats compared to the Sena for the October Assembly elections. Thus, indicating the formula of 50:50 is not agreeable.
The Sena is pushing for 50:50 seat share, which means out of the 270 seats, they want to contest 135 seats. However, BJP leaders indicated that there was pressure from the organisation to stake higher seat share considering its electoral growth in state in the last five years.
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At the end of the preliminary round, both Sena and BJP have agreed to set aside 18 seats for the smaller parties namely the Republican Party of India (A), Rashtriya Samaj Party, Swabhimani Paksha, which means the Sena and BJP will have to decide from the 270 seats. The state BJP president Chandrakant Patil, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan represented the BJP at the first meeting, while the industries minister Subash Desai and senior party leader Anil Desai were present representing the Shiv Sena.
Water Resources minister Mahajan said, “At this moment surveys show BJP can win 160 seats on its own merit.” However, he refused to discuss the seat-sharing process arguing the formal decision would be taken after considering all aspects. Mungantiwar exuded confidence about both parties resolving the seat sharing formula amicably.

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