Discussion should not be seen as dispute: Sambit Patra on BJP-Shiv Sena alliance

Putting to rest speculations about a possible rift between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena regarding seat-sharing in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that discussions on the issue should not be seen as a dispute.

Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 15:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Putting to rest speculations about a possible rift between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena regarding seat-sharing in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that discussions on the issue should not be seen as a dispute.

“Discussion on the issue should not be seen as a dispute. BJP-Shiv Sena will continue to be one of the strongest alliance,” Patra said.

The remarks by the BJP national spokesperson comes shortly after an editorial in Shiv Sena's editorial 'Saamna' stated party chief Uddhav Thackeray saying that "excessive lust leads to divorce".

For the first time, Thackeray had also expressed desire over becoming the chief minister and had appealed to the voters to vote for him.

Shiv Sena had contested on 160 seats in 2009 Assembly polls and won 44 of them. BJP contested on 119 seats of which it won 46 seats.

In the recently held Lok Sabha polls, BJP won 23 seats while Shiv sena won 18.

The final seat-sharing talks between the two parties on the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls will take place on October 15.