Even as the Congress and the NCP continue to squabble over the formation of an alliance for the upcoming civic elections, the Shiv Sena and the BJP appear to have arrived at a seat-sharing agreement.
Sources in the Sena said that Uddhav Thackeray, the party's executive president, has agreed to contest from 136 seats, which is 20 less than in the 2007 civic polls when the Sena contested from 156 seats. Similarly, the BJP will be contesting from 62 seats, which is nine less than the 71 seats in 2007.
The two parties reportedly drew up the formula at a late-night meeting on Sunday at the mayor's bungalow in Shivaji Park.
The seat-sharing formula was drawn up after Uddhav and Sudhir Mungantiwar, state BJP president, met RPI leader Ramdas Athawale on Friday and promised him 29 of the 227 seats which will be contested.
The three parties are expected to jointly make an official announcement on their seat-distribution plan on Wednesday.
"There were no hurdles during our talks. We might release our list on January 11, at the joint meeting. For now, we can go ahead with the preparations for the zilla parishad polls," said a senior Sena leader.
On Tuesday, Uddhav will address a gathering of Sainiks - mainly district unit chiefs from across the state - at the NSC grounds in Goregaon, where he will share the Sena's election plan and literature with party workers.