Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are all set to blow the bugle for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Maharashtra from March 24. The decision was reportedly taken in a 2-hour-long late night meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at latter’s residence Matoshree in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ALSO READ – Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Schedule Announced by Election Commission)

According to media reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be the star campaigners for the BJP for upcoming general elections. Further, it has also been decided that the BJP and Sena will hold six joint rallies in the state.

Notably, the BJP  will contest 25 seats, Sena will fight in 23 constituencies in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Maharashtra has a total of 48 Lok Sabha seats that will go to polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

Earlier in February, the ruling NDA constituents – BJP and Shiv Sena – put an end to the seat sharing issue and announced that they will be fighting the forthcoming Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra Assembly elections together. “We have taken this decision in the interest of the nation and we believe NDA will come to power in 2019,” Fadnavis had said while underlining that both parties share ‘same ideologies’.

Calling it a ‘new beginning’ Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the ‘bitter experiences’ of the past five years would not be repeated in future, and both parties will work and fight ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 schedule was announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on March 10 during a press conference by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The 7-phase elections will begin on April 11 and the counting of votes will be held on May 23.