Nagpur: The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine has
forged a fresh alliance with Republican Party of India
(Athawale faction) for the February 16 election of Nagpur
BJP will contest 122 seats, Sena 18 and RPI five, BJP MLA
Davendra Phadanvis and city unit chief Anil Sole announced
here today alongwith Shiv Sena district chief and Deputy Mayor
Sena had demanded 51 seats during the talks, but finally
settled for 18 only, against 12 seats that it had contested
last time. RPI had sought seven seats but got five, its state
general secretary, Bhupesh Thulkar said.
The lists of candidates would be out in a day or two, and
the alliance would also declare a joint manifesto.
Rival parties Congress and NCP have already declared that
they would form a pre-poll alliance to take on the ruling