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Maharashtra Government: BJP and Shiv Sena have failed to reach a power-sharing agreement. (File) The BJP was part of the alliance, but at that time had a very weak organization in the state. The party was only four years old at the time. Bal Thackeray agreed with the BJP leadership of LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and placed candidates Shiv Sena on the BJP electoral symbol in the 1984 elections. After the tug-of-war, the BJP and Shivsena seem to be pushing for a deal. Sources said that a compromise formula was being developed for the formation of a government between Safran`s allies. The BJP and Sena fought together for the elections and won 105 seats and 56 seats respectively, but they struggled to agree on portfolios and a joint ministerial agreement. The ASC has 54 MLA and Congress 44 In the 1990 parliamentary elections, Shiv Sena ran with 183 seats out of 288. This type of agreement is a statement in itself that the BJP and Shiv Sena have clashed since the beginning of their alliance. The agreement between the two parties was reportedly sealed after BJP President Amit Shah chaired a meeting of the Maharashtra party`s core group on 30 September to shape its electoral strategy and put candidates in parliamentary elections to zero. Well-placed sources in BJP told India Today TV that the BJP is ready to offer Shiv Sena 14 cabinet seats, while the Shivsena asks for 18. Sena is also claiming plum portfolios, although Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said he will not part with the large portfolios of domestic and urban development.

However, the BJP plans to give Shiv Sena significant portfolios such as Revenue and Finance or Complete PWD. However, some political leaders are opposed to these portfolios being given. Shivsena has proposed a 21:18:04 formula, but the BJP is not prepared to give that number of ministries. Talks are ongoing between the Shivsena and the BJP. Originally, a formula was proposed for 1995. In 1995, Shivsena was appointed Chief Minister, while the BJP was appointed Chief Deputy Minister, as well as major portfolios such as Home, Finance and PWD. The formula was scrapped during the first roundtables. Sanjay Raut, senior Shiv Sena Leader, said in Mumbai: “We will only have discussions on the proposal we agreed on before the general elections.

No new proposals are being exchanged. BJP and Shiv Sena had an agreement on the CM position before the elections and then only we forward for the alliance for the elections.” On 21 October, elections were held at the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. The BJP had challenged the polls in an alliance with the Shiv Sena. However, according to the results of 24 October, the two sides were unable to form a government because of a power-sharing agreement. While Sena insists that the two sides have agreed to rotate the post of Prime Minister and distribute the portfolios before the elections, the BJP says that no such agreement has been discussed… Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Keshav Upadhye said the meeting had no political motive.