Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday formally announced BJP-Shiv Sena alliance for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls. Addressing a joint press conference in Mumbai, Fadnavis said that it is "Hindutva ideology" the binds the BJP and the Shiv-Sena.
As per the poll pact reached between the two parties, the BJP will fight the on 150 seats, while the Shiv Sena will contest 124 seats. The remaining 14 seats will go to other smaller allies. However, Fadnavis ducked the question on CM face of the alliance, saying "why are you in so much hurry."
The Mahrashtra cheif minister said that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance worked during the Lok Sabha elections and that why both parties decided to continue it in the Assembly polls as well. "Hindutva ideology binds us," he added.
Fadnavis exuded confidence that the 'Mahayuti' alliance comprising BJP, Sena and other parties will get an unprecedented victory in the upcoming Maharashtra elections. Fadnavis said Aaditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, will win the Worli seat Assembly poll by polling the highest number of votes.
To a query on why some senior leaders, including cabinet ministers were not fielded by the BJP, Fadnavis said, "nobody has been dropped, they have only been reassignedresponsibilities" and added that all rebel BJP candidates will be asked to withdraw from the poll arena in the next two days.
"In the coming days we will ask all the rebel candidates to withdraw and this will be done with the rebel candidates of each party of grand alliance.If they don’t comply then they will not get any position in any of our alliance parties," the Maharashtra CM said.