The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has been buoyed by the Lok Sabha poll victory had demanded more seats from Shiv Sena, its ally of almost three decades. But the Sena, refused to part with even one extra seat.
Then the BJP did two things: it stopped all seat sharing talks with Sena and started hinting that it would go solo for the Assembly polls. And that did the trick.
The Sena which is a much mellow ally today is ready to accommodate its ally’s demands on seat sharing.
In Mumbai a BJP leader said that, “Initially the Shiv Sena thought we would not dare to go alone. However, they realized a major section of the BJP leaders were keen on severing ties with the Sena. We were very clear that we will not settle for the 2009 formula”.
In 2009, for 288 Assembly seats the BJP had contested 120 seats, the Shiv Sena had contested 160 and 8 seats were contested by alliance partners.