Published On : Mon, May 19th, 2014

After thumping mandate in LS election, BJP to revisit seat sharing arrangement with Shiv Sena

File Pic : BJP state president and local MLA Devendra Fadnavis and his wife appear happy after locking their votes in EVM.

File Pic : BJP state president and local MLA Devendra Fadnavis and his wife appear happy after locking their votes in EVM.

Nagpur News : Buoyed by the thumping mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party now plans to switch constituencies and remodel its seat sharing arrangement with its strongest ally, the Shiv Sena.

Giving clear hints in this regard, the BJP State president Devendra Fadnavis told media persons in the city said that a round of talks with the Shiv Sena top brass has already commenced.

He said that every constituency would be studied and the voter sentiment would be gauged before arriving at any decision.
In the same vein, Fadnavis also said that there would be no differences between the age old allies due to this.

Fadnavis also informed that neither would there be a prior announcement regarding the name of the chief ministerial candidate before elections, nor would the coveted post be given to the party which secures the highest number of seats. Once the elections are over, all allies in the coalition would be consulted and only after that will the final choice be made.


Giving the examples of the Nagpur and Hingna assembly constituencies, Fadnavis said that both these seats were with the Shiv Sena, but voters refrained from reposing their trust in the coalition. The situation was more or less similar in some seats from where the BJP had fielded its candidates. Taking these ground realities into consideration, the poll plan will be chalked out afresh.

He claimed that the Modi wave will be seen in Assembly elections as well. According to him, today’s voters know that for effective implementation of the Union government’s policies at local level, they would have to vote for the same party which is in power at the Centre.

Fadnavis further said that a wave of change is blowing across the country and Narendra Modi has ushered in this change as he was spearheading the poll campaign. Both BJP and Shiv Sena reaped benefits of the Modi wave.

On the question of Amit Shah being made in-charge of Maharashtra after an unprecedented victory in Uttar Pradesh, Fadnavis said that the decision would be taken by the Central Parliamentary Committee. He also said that some schemes initiated by Shah would certainly be implemented in the State with his guidance.

The NDA has created a lead in 246 assembly constituencies out of 288 in the Lok Sabha elections, according to Fadnavis,
He said that the BJP is leading in 133 seats, Shiv Sena in 101, Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan in nine and Rashtriya Samaj Party in three constituencies. Out of 4.74 crore votes cast, the NDA has secured 2.50 crore votes.