Asserting that BJP's alliance with Shiv Sena is firmly in place, senior party leader Gopinath Munde today said that the saffron combine cannot accommodate a third partner.
Talking to mediapersons after inducting former Congress MLA Nana Patole into the party fold, Munde who has been made
in-charge of the BJP for the upcoming assembly elections, said there will be no change in the seat sharing formula of Shiv
Sena and BJP.
"BJP would contest for 117 seats and Shiv Sena will field candidates in 171 assembly constituencies out of the
total 288 seats," he said, adding, the final list will be announced in 8 to 10 days.
The BJP MP from Beed ruled out speculations that his party was trying to patch up relations between the MNS and
"That is not our job and there was no proposal from us or the Shiv Sena as well as the MNS for a patch up," Munde
Accusing Congress of using Dalit leaders for electoral purpose, Munde said there is large scale anger among Dalits
over this apathy.
Patole, who lost to NCP leader Praful Patel from Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha seat as an independent, said he quit
Congress to protest its anti-farmer and anti-Vidarbha policies.