Union Home Minister Amit Shah has cancelled his visit to Mumbai on September 26, informed party sources, a development that was reported amid delay in announcement of seating-sharing agreement between BJP and Shiv Sean for October 21’s Maharashtra Assembly Election.
BJP sources have confirmed that the scheduled visit of Mr. Shah to Mumbai has been cancelled.
It added that the further delay in announcement of seat-sharing deal between their allies.
A BJP leader has said that “Mr. Shah had especially come down to Mumbai ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and made an official announcement of yuti (alliance) between the BJP and the Sena in February this year.”
“It was expected that Shah would finalise the seat-sharing formula and announce it during his visit on Thursday. With the cancellation of his visit, there is no certainty that the alliance will be announced anytime soon,” he added.
Earlier, Mumbai-units BJP Chief Chandrakant Patil has said that the seat-sharing agreement between the parties will be declared by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, who were discussing its contours with Mr. Shah.
Mr. Patil told sources, “The alliance talks are in the final stage. Chief Minister Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray are finalising the talks. They are also discussing it with BJP national president Amit Shah. I have thus decided not to make any further comments over the issue.”
The allies are protected in a strong negotiation on seat-sharing and an accord has evaded them till date on how many constituencies each of them will be contesting for.
Maharashtra Assembly has 288- seats, of which the BJP has secured 122 and the Sena 63 in the 2014 elections, which they fought separately.
Shiv Sena has maintained the seat-sharing deal was decided during Lok Sabha Elections, where both the parties had a pre-poll alliance.
According to Sena, this indicates equal distribution of seats and the Chief Minister’s post for two-and-a-half years each.
While addressing a rally in Mumbai, Mr. Shah has praised CM Fadnavis for his excellent performance over the last 5-years and declared that he will continue to hold the post after the polls, which he said that the NDA will secure a three-fourth of majority.
Meanwhile, few opposition parties like the AAP, NCP, and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi have came out with their first list of candidates.