The BJP on Tuesday decided to keep the alliance with Shiv Sena for the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation open-ended, and it hinges on whether the party’s demand of 50 per cent seats of their choice is consented by Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Out of 122 seats, BJP wants to contest 61. The BJP has cited how their Rs 6,800 crore smart city plan would transform Kalyan-Dombivali, which was badly neglected during Congress-NCP regime.
At the Maharashtra BJP parliamentary board meeting late evening at the party headquarters, CM Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP president Raosaheb Danve, senior cabinet ministers and office bearers held a meeting to draw the strategy for the November 1 elections. Besides an equal seat share, the choice of seats is significant in taking the alliance to its logical end.
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According to Danve, “At this moment I can state talks for an alliance are still on. The BJP and Sena will sit and discuss the issue threadbare seatwise. They have to submit a list of seats. We will submit our list of seats.”
Fadnavis, who heads the BJP-Sena coalition in Maharashtra, has given his consent for the alliance provided it comforms to ground reality and political growth of the organisation in the past few years. However, the BJP will not like to play a secondary role. Top BJP leadership, exercising caution, are not speaking out of turn and are trying to work out an alliance.
In the last KDMC elections, BJP contested 45 seats out of 122 and won nine. Shiv Sena, which contested the majority of seats, won 31. The Congress won 15 seats, NCP 15, and MNS 26. There were 21 independents.