The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ally Shiv Sena, on Monday, announced that they would contest the coming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections together. As per the seat-sharing deal by both the parties, BJP will contest 25 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra while Sena will fight for remaining 23. There are also reports about rotating the CM’s post between the two allies – if they are voted to power and the likelihood of creating the post of Deputy Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the exact parliamentary constituencies to be contested by both the partners and other allies is currently being discussed. During the 1995-1999 alliance Sena’s Manohar Joshi was appointed as Chief Minister and the BJP’s (late) Gopinath Munde as the Deputy CM, who continued even after Narayan Rane replaced Joshi.
There are reports of BJP giving away the crucial Palghar Lok Sabha seat to Sena. Earlier, the seat was represented by senior BJP leader Chintaman Wanaga. After his death, the Palghar bypoll held in May last year saw a bitter face-off between both the allies. In the end, BJP retained the seat with its candidates Rajendra Gavit defeating Sena nominee and Chintaman Wanaga’s son Shrinivas.
With PTI inputs