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Sena to let BJP contest Chimur by-poll

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 16:31 IST

The Shiv Sena on Friday decided to let the BJP contest the Chimur assembly by-election in Maharashtra, ending days of acrimony and a war of words that had threatened the alliance between the two parties.

In return, the BJP agreed to give an assembly seat from its quota to its alliance partner, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde announced in Mumbai.

The truce was reached after Munde held parleys with Sena chief Bal Thackeray and his son Uddhav at their residence in suburban Bandra on Friday afternoon.

Talking to reporters outside the Thackerays' residence Matoshree, Munde said the Sena had agreed to give up its claim to Chimur, a constituency in Vidarbha.

The date for the by-polls is yet to be announced.

The leaders of the two parties also decided that the Kalyan-Dombivali assembly seat, located on the city's outskirts, would be contested by the Shiv Sena, said former deputy chief minister Munde.

He said whenever there were differences between the two parties in their 22-year-old alliance, it was Bal Thackeray who had played the role of a final arbiter.

This time too it was Thackeray's decision that resolved the matter and BJP agreed to it, Munde said.