Sena wants to remain big brother, keep a wait and watch approach

  • Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2014 19:33 IST

Uncertainity looms over the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance less than a month away from Maharashtra assembly polls, with the two parties still not able to see eye to eye over its seat sharing formula. But the Sena camp is clear that it doesn’t want to leave its big brother position in the whole game.

On Friday, Shiv Sena leaders after a meeting between chief Uddhav Thackeray and senior leaders said that it was clear that Sena would continue to have an upper hand in the alliance.

“Uddhavji has told them that we should start talking from basics. We both give away 9 seats to smaller allies from our previous formula of 169 and BJP’s 119, and start talking from 160 for Sena and 110 for BJP. Then after putting away our sure seats, Uddhavji will decide which can be exchanged or given away. There is no way we can give 135,” a senior Sena leader who attended the Friday meeting said.

Sena leaders in indicated that they might go down to 145 and let BJP fight about 125 seats, after giving allies 18 seats. On Friday, Uddhav did not spell out any word on breaking the alliance and is waiting to hear from BJP.

“ Today Gadkariji has met Modiji in the morning and will be speaking to state leaders. After that there is a chance that he will meet Uddhavji,” the leader added.

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