Nagpur : Ramdas Athawale-led RPI(A), a constituent of the Mahayuti (grand alliance) led by ShivSena-BJP, scaled down its demand from

47 seats to 20 in the alliance for the forthcoming

State Assembly polls, reports PTI.

“We had demanded 47 seats in the grand alliance meeting in Mumbai yesterday (Monday), but would like to insist on at least 20 seats in the run-up to the polls, including 13 seats

in Vidarbha region,” Athawale said on Tuesday.

He demanded that the three alliance partners (other than Shiv Sena and BJP) should also cut their seat demands and contest the elections together.

In the wake of the resounding win of the Sena-BJP in the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra, the alliance is likely to come to power in the state (after Assembly polls), an optimistic Athawale said.

The seat-sharing formula will be finalised by leaders of both the parties (Sena-BJP) by the first week of next month and RPI(A) is ready to discuss division-wise and region-wise allocation, the Rajya Sabha MP said.

The RPI(A) has demanded one post of Governor, four

MLCs and 15 per cent power share in the state government, besides the posts of chairmen in state-run corporations, he said.

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