The Maharashtra BJP president and senior Cabinet Minister Chandrakant Patil today ruled out the possibility of settling for the initial formula of 135 seats each of BJP and Shiv Sena, and leave 18 seats for other allies, including RPI (Athawale) in the 288-member house.
Patil, who was in Nagpur said that it would be difficult for the BJP to agree with 135 seats as it has already 122 elected MLAs while six independents and six sitting Congress and NCP MLAs joined the party, recently, including Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, that added the strength of 132 members. “Our principal ally, the Shiv Sena also knows our difficulties and we are hopeful that a respectable and rational formula would come out on the seat-sharing formula soon,” he said.
The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is currently busy with the on-gong Mahajanadesh Yatra and after the Ganesh Chaturthi, meetings with the Sena leaders would begin for the seat-sharing formula, he told a press meet and asserted that his party is committed with an
alliance with the Sena.
He denied the BJP government was using investigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for settling scores and dismissed the Opposition allegations that government is being targeted them due to political vendetta.
“The ED and IT raids cannot be conducted against anyone for a day or two. Both the agencies do their home works first before initiating action against anyone. And hence no one can said that the recent actions against opposition leaders, including the MNS chief Raj Thackeray were politically-motivated,” he justified.
Answering a question, he said that the BJP-Sena alliance would again come in power with thumping majority.
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