BJP-Sena talks stuck over Dy CM’s post
Mumbai, September 30
Seat-sharing negotiations between the BJP and the Shiv Sena continue to be stuck with the latter insisting that Aaditya Thackeray be given the post of Deputy Chief Minister should the saffron alliance return to power in Maharashtra, sources said.
The BJP is wary of the younger Thackeray’s entry into the electoral fray which is likely to upset the political calculations of all major players in Maharashtra politics, they said.
On Sunday, the Shiv Sena, off the record, said Thackeray would contest from its stronghold Worli. However, the party has not made any formal statement even as there are reports that as many as 11 sitting MLAs have been given the forms to file their nominations.
Officially, the Shiv Sena says a statement would be issued by party chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP leaders. “The BJP is likely to give the Shiv Sena just around 124 to 126 seats (in the 288-member House),” a party leader from Mumbai said.
The entry of Aaditya Thackeray — the first from the family to contest an election — is aimed at galvanising the party cadre and securing as many seats as possible to help the Shiv Sena get a better bargain after the elections, according to political observers.