Amit Shah to discuss Maha alliance tangle

Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah is reaching Mumbai this evening amid the impasse over seat sharing among ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) partners.

Shah is expected to discuss the alliance tangle with senior state BJP leaders, party sources said.

A meeting of the Mahayuti leaders held here late last night remained inconclusive with smaller parties insisting on more seats and expressing displeasure over the 151-Shiv Sena, 130-BJP and 7-allies formula proposed by Sena, for the Maharashtra Assembly polls to be held next month.

The saffron combine has four junior partners – Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha led by Mahadeo Janker, Vinayak Mete’s Shiv Sangram and Ramdas Athawale’s RPI(A).

Shetti had earlier said giving seven seats to four parties was an ‘insult’ to them and that would not be accepted.

“If the Sena distributes seven seats among four alliance partners, it will be an insult to us. Sena and BJP can fight elections on all 288 seats and satisfy their egos,” he had said.

Athawale was reportedly miffed with Sena’s proposal and had left midway during the discussions late last night.

During his visit, Amit Shah is also scheduled to inaugurate the integrated residential complex for trainees and auditorium at the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in adjoining Thane district tomorrow.

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