Maha council polls: Sena unwilling to give BJP two seats

With the Shiv Sena not willing to give two seats to BJP to contest for the upcoming elections to the legislative council, speculations are rife that the saffron allies are heading towards a collision.

Updated: May 17, 2010, 21:07 PM IST

Mumbai: With the Shiv Sena not willing to
give two seats to BJP to contest for the upcoming elections to
the legislative council, speculations are rife that the
saffron allies are heading towards a collision.

"We have told Shiv Sena that they should contest one and
let us have two seats for the Legislative Council this time...
However, it is unwilling to do so as two Sena members, Diwakar
Raote and Anil Parab, retire on July 7 and the party feels
that it should retain both the seats," BJP sources said.

Biennial elections will be held to 10 legislative council
and six Rajya Sabha seats next month.

"Even though Shiv Sena has three seats out of the total
10 where elections will be held on June 10, it cannot contest
all the three seats again. As per the present party position
in the assembly, Sena-BJP can get three candidates elected.
But, the question is who will have two and who will get to
keep one seat," the sources said.

Meanwhile, Sena leader Subhash Desai said the party is
yet to decide its strategy for the impending elections.

"We will discuss the issue with party executive president
Uddhav Thackeray, who is currently out of town," he said.

Sitting BJP MLC Prakash Shendge was elected to the
assembly in the last election and hence the council seat had
fallen vacant. Apart from Raote and Parab, Shiv Sena MLC
Suresh Jethaliya was elected to the assembly creating vacancy
in the Upper House.

PTI