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.