BJP-Shiv Sena announce tie-up for 2019 polls, to contest 25 and 23 seats respectively

Months ahead of the General Elections, the BJP and Shiv Sena on Monday announced their poll tie-up in the state, not just for Lok Sabha but also for Assembly polls.

Written by February 18, 2019 21:57

Mumbai: Months ahead of the General Elections, the BJP and Shiv Sena on Monday announced their poll tie-up in the state, not just for Lok Sabha but also for Assembly polls.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis formally announced the poll alliance between Shiv Sena and the BJP in a press conference, in presence of BJP President Amit Shah.

Fadnavis said that Shiv Sena will fight on 23 Lok Sabha seats, while the BJP on 25 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Total 48 Lok Sabha seats are at stake in Maharashtra.

The two parties shared an ‘uncomfortable relationship’ in last many months as the Shiv Sena was aggressive in its attack on the saffron party as well as Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi.

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Fadnavis said that Shiv Sena will fight on 23 Lok Sabha seats, while the BJP on 25 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Total 48 Lok Sabha seats are at stake in Maharashtra.

Calling Thackeray as their guide, Fadnavis told media here: “We have been allies for 25 years. There were some differences between us but we both are Hindutva parties. For some reasons, we could not come together in the past for the Assembly elections, but we are still together in the Lok Sabha and at the Centre.”

Admitting “some differences”, Fadnavis hinted that the renewal of the alliance was a matter of political compulsion.

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“Seeing the condition of the country, we have decided that for the Assembly, Lok Sabha and all other elections, we are coming together,” he said.

In the last national election of 2014, the BJP contested 26 and the Sena 22 of Maharashtra’s 48 seats. The state sends the most number of lawmakers to parliament after Uttar Pradesh, which has 80.