Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that his party and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) will contest the upcoming Assembly Polls in Maharashtra together and will soon make an announcement about the seat-sharing pact.  

“We will contest together and going to announce it soon. We have already decided on the alliance. It is just that we are working on number of seats,” Thackeray was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Thackeray was addressing party workers and ticket aspirants at Rang Sharda Auditorium in Bandra in Mumbai.

Thackeary also said that he would fulfil the promise he had made to his father and late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray of making a Shiv sainik (party worker) the chief minister of Maharashtra.

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"If the alliance materialises, Shiv Sena is not the one to backstab. We oppose openly," he said. Stating that he wants the Sena to be power in Maharashtra, he said, "I had promised Balasaheb that I will make a Shiv sainik the chief minister of Maharashtra. I have vowed to fulfil this promise."

"I want power in Maharashtra so I have called aspirants from all 288 seats. I want to strengthen the party in all the constituencies. If alliance with BJP happens, Shiv Sena will work to ensure BJP's victory in the seats they contest. BJP's support should always be there for Sena candidates where they contest," he said.

Earlier some media reports suggested that the Sena and the BJP have finalised the seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections 2019.

According to the reports, the Shiv Sena has accepted the BJP’s offer to contest on 126 seats while the latter will contest on 144 seats. The remaining 18 seats will be given other alliance partners. The reports further said that the Shiv Sena will also get the post of the Deputy Chief Minister.

Elections will be held in Maharashtra on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24.

In 2014 polls, the Shiv Sena and the BJP had ended their alliance ahead of the Assembly poll, only to get back together after the state had delivered a split verdict.

The Shiv Sena, in 2014, had contested on 282 seats and won 63, while the BJP had contested on 260 and scored a victory on 122.

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