An extremely reluctant Shiv Sena, whose chief Uddhav Thackeray had recently echoed Rahul Gandhi’s “chowkidar chor hai” jibe at PM Modi, on Monday finally agreed to team up with BJP for the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra assembly elections.
According to the pact announced by CM Devendra Fadnavis at a press conference he addressed along with BJP chief Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray at a Worli hotel, BJP will contest 25 seats and Sena 23 of the total 48 LS seats in the state. A 50:50 formula will be applied for the 288-strong legislative assembly “after accommodating other (smaller) parties”.
Post the alliance of the decade in Maharashtra, mixed reached spur all over the state and nation over the BJP-Shiv Sena.
The Cheif Minister of Maharashtra posted his happiness over the meeting:
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) February 18, 2019
लोकसभेला शिवसेना 23 आणि भाजप 25 जागा लढणार असुन दोन्ही पक्षांत कोणतेही मतभेद नसून व्यापक जनहितासाठी एकत्र येण्याचा…
The media looked behind the 2014 coalition scene along with criticisms :
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) February 18, 2019
Our association with the Shiv Sena goes beyond politics. We are bound by a desire to see a strong and developed India….
And Congress pointed out how Shiv Sena has been criticizing BJP over the years
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 18, 2019