The BJP has formally decided to offer Deputy Chief Minister post and 120 assembly seats in ensuing Maharashtra assembly polls, to its long standing allay Shiva Sena. While Shiva Sena has been insisting half of total seats and also Chief Minister post on rotation, the BJP seems to be not in a position to yield to such pressures.
This issue was discussed last evening at New Delhi at an high-level meeting held by BJP chief Amit Shah with its state party core group. BJP working president J.P. Nadda, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, national general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santosh and party general secretaries Bhupender Yadav and Saroj Pandey have attended the meeting at the BJP headquarters.
Yadav is the party’s election in-charge for the state. Shah had on Wednesday held a similar meeting with the BJP’s Haryana core group leaders to finalise the candidates in that state. Maharashtra and Haryana will go to the polls on October 21. The BJP’s central election committee is likely to meet on September 29, after which the first list of candidates is expected to be released.
Sources said the Maharashtra leaders also discussed with Mr Shah the options for at least 70 Assembly seats where leaders who have joined the BJP from other parties are also lobbying for tickets. The BJP, the sources said, has deputed leaders in case any BJP leader seeking a ticket tries to rebel against official candidates if he/she is not fielded.