Having jacked up its demand for contesting 135 of the 288 seats, which has been rejected by Shiv Sena, senior BJP leaders have communicated to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to decide by this evening whether his party was willing to conform to a "mutual and respectable" seat-sharing formula.
The BJP's ultimatum comes against the backdrop of party President Amit Shah's tough talk this morning in Kolhapur in Maharashtra that there will be no compromise at the cost of self-respect.
Top BJP sources said that the party was upset that Shiv Sena, an ally of 25 years, has not given any response to the proposal sent by it on the higher number of seats it wanted to contest in the coming elections.
In the 2009 elections, the BJP had contested 119 and the Sena 169 seats.
However, this time the alliance "Mahayuti" has been broad based with the inclusion of four more parties --RPI (Athawle), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, Swabhimani Shetkari Paksha and Loksangram.