Only CM, Uddhav can save BMC alliance talks
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.