Mumbai: Shiv Sena and BJP leaders held their first round of talks on seat-sharing, on Wednesday, primarily focusing on possible seats that could be allotted to their allies for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls.
However, it is yet to be confirmed which party will contest how many seats in the 288 member house, said a BJP leader. He further added, “Today was the first day of meeting to work out a seat-sharing formula. It is not fixed how many seats each party can share with the allies but some seats were discussed.”
The meeting was held at Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil’s residence, which was attended by party leader and finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Sena leader Subhash Desai.
When asked about the recently inducted leaders from the Congress and NCP, the BJP leader said, “Those seats will be considered as that of the respective party in which the sitting MLA has joined. Most of the sitting MLAs will get ticket from their new political home. Such an arrangement has been worked out.”
Smaller parties like the RPI(A) and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP) are part of the BJP – Sena alliance in the state.