Mumbai: Maharashtra assembly elections are going to be announced in the next few weeks. All political parties have started their preparations for the election. The main battle in the state is between the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the opposition Congress-NCP alliance. The seat between BJP and Shiv Sena splitting puzzled screw over. The Shiv Sena demands to contest 144 seats and has also demanded a return to the BJP sharing with Chief term half the power.
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However, according to a senior Shiv Sena leader, the party may agree to contest 135 of the total 288 seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra. The party wants the BJP to give seats to smaller parties from its quota. However, there is yet to be a formal agreement on the seat-sharing between the two parties. According to a senior party leader, BJP and Shiv Sena may accept the formula for contesting 135-135 seats and 18 seats may be left for RPI (A), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and Shiv Sangram Party.
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The problem is that the Shiv Sena wants the BJP to allocate 18 seats from its quota to smaller parties as they are BJP partners. If the BJP agrees to their demand, then the party will be able to contest only 117 seats. Both the parties fought the last assembly elections separately. BJP became the largest party and formed the government. Later, Shiv Sena also joined the government.
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