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BJP internal war won't affect Maharashtra prospects: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the factionalism in the Bharatiya Janata Party, its alliance partner, would not effect the performance of the coalition in the Maharashtra assembly elections.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2009 14:53 IST

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the factionalism in the Bharatiya Janata Party, its alliance partner, would not effect the performance of the coalition in the Maharashtra assembly elections.

"The factionalism in the BJP would have no impact on our prospects in Maharashtra," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.

Raut said since "Shiv Sena is the bigger party in the coalition (in that state), the BJP's internal politics would not hamper our prospects."

He said the seat sharing formula with the BJP for the 288 assembly seats in the state has been finalised.

"The alliance has almost been finalised and Shiv Sena is a bigger party in Mumbai, so, we will contest on 177 seats and BJP will get 111 seats," he said.

In the 2004 assembly elections, BJP had won 54 seats from the 111 seats it contested, while the Sena had contested 163 seats and won 62.

Elections in Maharashtra will be held October 13 and the votes would be counted October 22.