Maha Assembly polls: BJP-Shiv Sena deadlock continues over seat sharing

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BJP-Shiv Sena deadlock continues
Mumbai, Sept 19: The deadlock over BJP-Shiv Sena seat sharing in Maharashtra for the upcoming assembly polls continues as reports suggest that BJP is likely to refuse Shiv Sena's 119 seat offer.

This comes a day after the BJP gave Shiv Sena a 12-hour deadline to respond to BJP's 130 seat offering. Chances are that if both the parties do not arrive at a mutual solution, both parties may contest the Maharashtra Assembly elections individually.

However, on Friday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut denied that there was any threat to the BJP-Sena alliance. Raut said: "We have been together for 25 years, no report of breaking the alliance has reached us. Have not given any formula to our alliance partner, BJP but self respect is more important."

Raut said that the party was not asking but was giving. "In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena is a party that gives, not takes. They should think about what they are asking," he said.

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