The 25-year-old alliance between the Shiv Sena and the BJP in Maharashtra has ended, state Bharatiya Janata Party president Devendra Fadnavis announced. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

The break-up came after days of bickering over which party will contest how many seats and who will be the chief ministerial candidate. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

“We tried out level best till the very last to save the alliance,” a grim looking Fadnavis told the media. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

“However, there was no suitable proposal from the Shiv Sena on the issue of seat-sharing which could honorably accommodate all the partners.

“Hence we have decided to go our independent ways,” he said.

Though there was no immediate response from the Shiv Sena, the party is expected for now to continue in the BJP-led central government of Narendra Modi.

Senior BJP and Shiv Sena leaders had indicated to IANS on September 19 that the alliance was virtually over.

“It’s on the verge of breaking. Only a formal announcement is awaited,” a senior BJP leader had said.

Similarly, a Shiv Sena functionary hinted to IANS that the alliance “is over” but the party had decided to wait for further developments before declaring its stand.

The leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra assembly, BJP’s Eknath Khadse, said the Shiv Sena’s discussions centred more on the post of chief minister.

“Our united efforts were to rid Maharashtra of the Congress-NCP combine at any cost. Other things would follow,” Khadse said, reiterating the party’s stand.

The Shiv Sena and the BJP were part of a six-party “Grand Alliance” that included four smaller parties. The alliance was widely expected to seize power in the upcoming assembly elections.

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