Only CM, Ud­dhav can save BMC al­liance talks

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The de­ci­sion of the al­liance be­tween the BJP and the Shiv Sena for the civic elec­tions seems to be in the hands of chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis and Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray.

Af­ter two ini­tial rounds of dis­cus­sions, seat-shar­ing talks be­tween the two par­ties came to a grind­ing halt on Fri­day with both sides blam­ing each other for the same.

Sources said both the par­ties were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to work out an ac­cept­able seat-shar­ing ar­range­ment in. Mum­bai — the BJP wants more than 100 out of 227 seats, while the Sena is un­will­ing to part with more than 50 seats from the 167 it con­tested the last time.

With the dead­line set by the BJP to fi­nalise the seat-shar­ing com­ing to an end on Satur­day, the de­ci­sion for the same is in the hands of Fad­navis and Thack­eray.

“If the two of them want an al­liance, we will work out a pact. Else, both sides are pre­par­ing to go solo,” said a source close to the de­vel­op­ments.

Although the pub­lic bick­er­ing was over other is­sues, sources from both sides said the bone of con­tention is how many seats the Sena should con­cede to the BJP.

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