Crisis over seat-sharing looms as BJP hits back at Sena's 'last effort' to save alliance

Crisis deepened in the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra on Sunday after Uddhav Thackeray proposed a fresh seat-sharing formula and his ally did not appear keen to latch on to the offer.

Soon after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray put the ball in the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) court to save the 25-year-old alliance while addressing workers at a party meet in Maharashtra, the BJP held a counter-conference of sorts and highlighted that it had made enough sacrifices already.

"We sacrificed our Lok Sabha sests for Sena, but we didn't get any additional assembly seat in exchange," said BJP's Eknath Khadse.

Taking a dig at Uddhav's move to announce his new offer in public, his party colleague, Vinod Tawde, said, "There is no final formula in alliance till it is on." Tawde also said the BJP wanted to propose its new formula in person.

In reaction to Uddhav's remark that his new offer was a last-ditch effort to save the alliance, he added there should be no last formula if the alliance had to be maintained.


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