Mumbai : Amid State-level leaders blaming each other for the standoff and refusing to take initiative or even soften their respective stands over seat-sharing, there were some indications from the senior leadership that the BJP might be willing to move a step forward to work out a compromise formula. Online supporters of both the parties started engaging themselves in a war of words and an atmosphere of rumours, allegations and counter allegations prevailed throughout the day.

The day began with news coming in through various channels that BJP’s election in-charge of the state would be visiting Sena chief Uddhav at Matoshree in the evening with a fresh formula to keep the alliance intact. But, the news was denied by both the parties later in the day. This was followed by feelers from Shiv Sena’s side that Uddhav is unwilling now to discuss anything with the BJP leaders now. “If BJP wants to take the issue forward they can at the most meet Aditya or other top leaders,” a senior Sena leader said.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah appealed to party workers to start working for the Oct 15 assembly polls. “I appeal to all (activists) to dedicate themselves for Maharashtra elections,” Shah said in a tweet in the afternoon, which many interpret as possible curtains down on the longest political alliance in Indian politics. There were also rumors that Shah called Uddhav and made a fresh offer to save the alliance. However, this too was later denied by both the sides. State BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis also indicated that there are no more talks scheduled on the issue between the two parties.

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