New Delhi: Following a crucial pre-poll meeting where Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made an appearance, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday decided that it will allot 124 seats to its ally Shiv Sena for Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019. At the same time, BJP is likely to field candidates from 164 seats, reports suggest.
The two coalition partners that have been in a fit regarding the allotment of seats as Shiv Sena was hell-bent on an equal division came to a conclusion after the Central Election Committee meeting yesterday. However, the official announcement for the same is likely to be held on Tuesday.
The marathon CEC meeting of the BJP went on for five hours and ended at around 10 pm. Top BJP leaders like party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, working president JP Nadda were also present for the discussion.
Meanwhile, the saffron party has decided upon its candidates for the assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana, the list of which is expected to be released later in the day.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thakeray declared that he will contest from Worli Assembly seat in Mumbai and is expected to file his nomination on October 3. With this announcement, Aditya will become the first member from the Thackrey family to fight any election in the political history of the party.
Moreover, reports suggest that if the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance comes to power again in Maharashtra, Aditya may also be given the post of Deputy Chief Minister.
The Election Commission has recently announced dates for the 288-seat Maharashtra Assembly polls. According to its notification, both Maharashtra and Haryana by-polls will be held on October 21 and the results will be announced on October 24.