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The 25 year-old Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) alliance in Maharashtra gets over finally. Breaking all the speculations of possible seat sharing pact the decades old partners decided to contest Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 all alone. Declaring the split, BJP state president Divender Fadnavis announced that the demands of Sena is adamant. “Sena remained inflexible during negotiations. We are friends but now have decided to go separately,” Fadnavis said. Also Read - Maharashtra Bandh: 8 BEST Buses Damaged, Markets Shut As Normal Life Hit; BJP Slams Uddhav Govt | 10 Points
The rift between Sena-BJP started growing when BJP president Amit Shah in his speech said that next government in Maharashtra would be BJP-led government. It has indicated that the BJP would not play as a junior partner in the alliance. As soon as the dates of assembly election were announced, the BJP started demanding more seats to contest. Also Read - Maharashtra Bandh Today Against Lakhimpur Violence: 8 BEST Buses Vandalised; BJP Slams Shiv Sena | Highlights
The decisive victory in Lok Sabha elections and better performance in last assembly election in Maharashtra brought the BJP in a position to pressurise its ally partner Sena for more seats. First, the BJP asked for 50 per cent seat share in the 288-seat Maharashtra Assembly, but Sena rejected the demand saying that Sena would not leave any stone unturned to form Sena-led government. Indeed, the by-poll results of last month put Sena on driving seat because the results did not go in favour of BJP and it tasted defeat in many states.
Shiv Sena’s tough talks forced the BJP to pull its leg back and then the BJP reduced its demand to 130 seats. Meanwhile, verbal barbs were thrown at each other from both the party. Leaders on either side said they will try to save the alliance till the last minute but are also ready to contest the upcoming polls on their own. Asserting the dispute as a fight for existence, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray offered BJP 119 seats and kept 151 seats for itself while leaving 18 seats to other allies. Uddhav made very clear that it was his last attempt to save the alliance. BJP did not accept Uddhav’s offer and said that the party wants to keep their alliance intact and it has been asking the seats on which Sena haven’t won since years.
After the long negotiations, once it was reported that Sena has agreed to give 130 seats to BJP and will keep 151 for itself, sparing 7 seats for four junior partners of Mahayuti. Soon after the report came out small parties expressed their displeasure. Now, after long drama, the saffron alliance has finally reached to an end.