Top BJP panel to discuss Maharashtra seat-sharing stalemate today

Amid deadlock in talks with ally Shiv Sena over seat-sharing for the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly Elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's core committee is likely to meet at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's residence here on Tuesday.

New Delhi: Amid deadlock in talks with ally Shiv Sena over seat-sharing for the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly Elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's core committee is likely to meet at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's residence here on Tuesday.

The meeting will focus on resolving the stalemate in talks with Shiv sena, one of the BJP's oldest allies.

Reports said the meeting will be held at 11 am.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has rejected BJP's proposal of 135 seats in the pre-poll alliance, while also pitching himself as a CM candidate.

Uddhav said his party will contest at least 150 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP leader in-charge of Maharashtra affairs, had earlier said that after earmarking seats for the smaller allies, the BJP and Shiv Sena should share the remaining number of seats equally.

That number comes out to 270, meaning BJP and Shiv Sena should contest on 135 seats each, as per the national party's proposal.

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