BJP-Sena Maha formula final; Cong-NCP talks to begin
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 06, 2009, 19:43
Mumbai/New Delhi: With less than three weeks left for nominations for Maharashtra Assembly polls to end, opposition BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has worked out seat-sharing formula even as ruling partners--Congress and NCP-- were yet to start formal talks in this regard.

The schedule for the crucial October 13 election is out but the talks between the two allies for seat sharing is yet to begin formally, NCP sources said today. The last date for filing nomination is September 25.

The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance has nearly finalised their seat-sharing formula, continuing with their old arrangement of 171 for Sena and 117 for BJP, for the 288-member Assembly.

"The talks between the parties are over and we would soon make an announcement about the same old formula of 171 seats for Sena and 117 for BJP," Sena sources said in Muabai.

Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray also made it clear that there are no differences among the parties over seat sharing. However, due to delimitation, a couple of seats needs to be studied.

In New Delhi, the sudden death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy is being ascribed as the reason for the delay in talks between the two allies which have been sharing power in the state for the last 10 years.

A section of the Congress leaders are contending that the party could think of a post-poll alliance with NCP like it did after the 1999 polls.

NCP sources in Mumbai expressed unhappiness at the delay in announcement of a poll pact from the Congress side.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 06, 2009, 19:43

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