Mumbai: Assembly elections may be held in Maharashtra in the next few months. With this, two major coalitions of the state have started preparations. The main battle in the state is between the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the opposition Congress-NCP alliance. According to sources, talks have started between BJP and Shiv Sena on seat-sharing for the assembly elections.
According to sources, BJP state chief Chandrakant Patil and his party colleague Girish Mahajan are in talks with Shiv Sena senior leader and minister Subhash Desai and other party officials to reach an agreement between them. Both Patil and Mahajan are ministers of state. There are 288 seats in the state assembly. According to sources, talks between the two saffron parties have been going on for the last few days for pre-election coordination. CM Fadnavis has told the Shiv Sena that both parties should retain the seats they won in 2014 and share the remaining seats equally after allocating a certain number of seats to smaller allies.
Shiv Sena sources said that the party will continue with the formula for 144 seats. He claimed that a solution was found earlier this year during a meeting between BJP chief Amit Shah, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Fadnavis. Shiv Sena wants its CM in the state. It demands that both parties contest the same seat and the CM's tenure should also be shared equally between the two.
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