2019 Assembly Elections: BJP ready to give half-term of CM’s post to ally: Shiv Sena Minister

Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena minister claimed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agreed its demand to share two-and-half-year term of the Chief Minister’s post to the party irrespective of seat gained by any party in the assembly polls. However, he did not have a clue about who will get first half term of the CM post. Meanwhile, Chandrakant Patil, senior BJP leader and minister for revenue claimed that the decision of forging an alliance between the BJP and the Sena will be announced any time from now.

The Sena had set a demand to the BJP that whatever seats the party will win in the assembly polls, Sena should get a CM post for the first two-and-half-year period. Another condition the Sena had pushed for the seats the party wants to field in the assembly. Sena was adamant on 150 seats out of total 288 seats in the assembly polls.

The Sena source said, “BJP has responded positively to our demand about sharing of CM post. Hence, there would not be any issue of seat sharing formula between us. We will not insist for more than BJP seats during negotiation talks.” He added that Sena and BJP will come together before the election to stop opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to come to the power.

BJP minister Patil too expressed fear that if the BJP and the Sena do not forge the alliance, the Congress-NCP combine will come to power in the state. “If the Congress and the NCP were fighting separately, there was no harm in us going separate as well. However, even the Sena understands that in the present scenario, if we fight separately, the Congress-NCP combine will come to power,” the minister said.

He further said that the BJP will not be affected in case it loses the state, as the party will come to power at the Centre and have their governments in 20 states. “While, the BJP will win 100-110 seats in the state and Sena will win 40-50 seats, it is the people who will suffer. None of the political parties will be affected,” he said.

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