Maha issue for the government coalition when BJP and Shinde cannot agree on a seat-sharing plan

The process of finalizing seat sharing arrangements in the state is anticipated to conclude within the next eight to ten days, according to a statement made by Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday. This announcement comes as the Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra navigates the complexities of seat distribution for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

“We are currently determining the allocation of seats among our alliance partners in Mahayuti, which includes the NCP led by DCM Ajit Pawar and the Shiv Sena led by CM Eknath Shinde,” Fadnavis said, providing more details on the ongoing seat-sharing discussions. Consequently, when the BJP released its first lineup for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra’s BJP candidates were not included. We expect to conclude this procedure within the next eight to ten days, after which the appropriate party authority will issue an official statement.

Vice Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.
Maha divide over seats between Shinde and Fadnavis
This comes after allegations of conflict within Mahayuti over the distribution of seats for the Lok Sabha election in Maharashtra, with the BJP’s proposals significantly differing from the demands of alliance partners.

Sources claim that the BJP has suggested giving four seats to the NCP headed by DCM Ajit Pawar and seven seats to the Shiv Sena (Shinde faction), in contrast to their desire for eleven seats each. Furthermore, minor affiliated factions like Rayat Kranti Sangathana led by Sadhabhau Khoth and Rashtriya Samaj Paksha led by Mahadeo Jankar have each filed for one seat in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, complicating the BJP’s attempts to distribute seats and postponing the formal announcement in Maharashtra.

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