Mumbai: Just as Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar confirmed the Congress-NCP alliance in the state, smaller parties in the BJP-Shiv Sena led ‘Mahayuti’ (saffron front) too have decided not to take a stubborn stand over more number of seats and put up a united face of ‘Mahayuti’ during forthcoming Assembly polls. The decision to this effect was taken when leaders of three smaller parties, the Rashtriya Samaj Party (RSP), the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) and the Shiv Sangram (SS) had a meeting in Pune on Wednesday, sources close to the developments said. Mahadev Jankar (RSP), MP Raju Shetti (SSS) and Vinayak Mete (SS) were present in the meeting. MP Ramdas Athavale (RPI) too was expected but could not attend the meeting. He was in Delhi, the sources said. The new developments are expected to expedite seat-sharing talks of the saffron combine.

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