New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The seat-sharing negotiations between the BJP and Shiv Sena have been finalised and the saffron party managed to walk away with the lion’s share of 164 seats along with smaller allies for the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra.

The official announcement was made at a joint press conference by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The latter exuded confidence that BJP-Sena combine will sweep the October 21 Assembly elections.

As per the seat-sharing deal, the BJP will contest 150 seats in the 288-member Assembly, Shiv Sena on 124 seats while the smaller allies will fight on the remaining 14 seats.

The other parties include Republican Party of India-A, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, Shiv Sangram Party and Rayat Kranti Sanghatana, most of whom shall be contesting the BJP's 'Lotus' symbol in the polls.

Sena and BJP have been at loggerheads recently over the issue of seat-sharing for the upcoming Assembly polls. While Sena was insisting on a 50:50 ratio, the BJP was demanding a larger share owing to its performance in the 2014 state elections. 

In 2014, the BJP had won 122 and the Sena 63 seats. The parties had ended their alliance before the polls only to get back together after the delivered a split verdict. 

Replying to a query on Shiv Sena contesting lesser seats, Thackeray said: “Everything (in politics) doesn't depend on numbers.”

When asked about the denial of tickets to several senior leaders and ministers, Fadnavis sidestepped by saying that they would be entrusted with new responsibilities. 

The BJP released the list of seven candidates on Friday, taking the total count to 150, which excluded sitting and former ministers Vinod Tawade, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Eknath Khadse, Raj Purohit and Prakash Mehta.

Khadse's exclusion from the list of candidates was the most surprising as he has been seen as the second most prominent BJP leader in the state after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The party, however, managed to placate him by giving ticket to his daughter Rohini from his Muktainagar constituency in north Maharashtra.

On the question of widespread rebellion in different parts of the state, Fadnavis said there will be no rebels left in the fray by Monday. "I appeal to all rebels to withdraw their candidature by Monday, otherwise we will show them their place," he declared.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta