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Seat-sharing row: Uddhav sends Aaditya to work out compromise with BJP

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray sends son Aaditya as a messenger for meeting with senior BJP leaders to work out a compromise formula to resolve the alliance's seating-sharing row

The BJP-Sena alliance is alive and going strong, at least for now. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday evening sent his son Aaditya as a messenger to BJP to work out a compromise formula to resolve the Mahayuti alliance's seating-sharing row.

A meeting on the alliance is scheduled to take place late in the night at Matoshree.

Aaditya Thackeray with Uddhav
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with his son Aaditya. File Pic

There were all sorts of rumours flying about on Friday morning regarding the break-up of the 23-year-old alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP for the Maharashtra Assembly polls with many sugggestng that Shiv Sena would go solo in the elections. However, there has been a change in the situation with the BJP seemingly having sent a new formula to the Sena. This was confirmed by Sudhir Mungantiwar, the ex-state chief of the BJP.

As per sources, BJP's new formula has Shiv Sena contesting 142 seats with the BJP getting 128 seats. The 18 remaining seats will be divided among the four other alliance partners. As per a senior leader, the BJP has got an order from high command in Delhi that Maharashtra should be with the saffron alliance and hence, the figure has been reduced from 135 to 128.

"Even Uddhavji has asked all of us to keep the alliance intact and hence we all are working on the same," said a senior Sena leader, who met the party chief over a meeting on the alliance.

Meanwhile, sending Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray for the meeting with senior BJP leaders like the state party chief Devendra Fadanvis, Leader of Opposition (Council) Vinod Tawde, at the party’s national general secretary Om Mathur’s home has sent out signals that Uddhav is serious about saving the alliance.

Thackeray after the meeting said, “We want the alliance to work, it’s an old alliance and we have no ego and want the alliance to be intact.”

Om Mathur, BJP general secretary, also said that he had spoken to Sena leaders and now was up to them to consider the BJP’s proposal. Meanwhile, the meeting has come as a relief for many in the BJP and Sena, who were expecting that the alliance will break by Friday evening.

The party cadre have also started a hashtag #SenaReachingOut on a popular social media platform to show that it’s still committed to the alliance.

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