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BJP-Shiv Sena Alliance Confirmed

BJP-Shiv Sena Alliance Confirmed
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In first signs of a thaw in the saffron alliance after a tense standoff over seat-sharing for Maharashtra Assembly polls, Shiv Sena today said the situation in the state is \"good\" and the \"horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable\" against \"Congress-NCP mules\".

Mumbai: In first signs of a thaw in the saffron alliance after a tense standoff over seat-sharing for Maharashtra Assembly polls, Shiv Sena today said the situation in the state is "good" and the "horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable" against "Congress-NCP mules".

Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', also blamed "some in the media" for wanting the alliance to snap.

"The situation in Maharashtra is good. The horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable. There is no value of Congress-NCP mules," it said even as leaders of the two parties came together on Tuesday in front of the media for the first time in several days and asserted both wanted the alliance to continue.

"What news is there if the alliance remains? But there is certainly news if it snaps. That is why, some in media are waiting for the alliance to snap," the editorial said.

"It is said that there is betting of Rs 100-500 crore on whether 'Mahayuti' alliance will remain or break," it said, adding "media is now part of this betting. A section is waiting for the alliance to break so that it can be sensational news."

Addressing a press conference after the meeting of senior Sena and BJP leaders, Leader of Opposition in state Council Vinod Tawde said both the parties want the alliance to continue.

"It is the desire of Sena and BJP that the alliance continue," Tawde said.

"No leader from either party wants the 25-year-old alliance to break," he said.

"A new formula (on seat-sharing) was discussed today," he said.

However, he did not reveal what the formula was.

"A final decision will be taken by today evening after consulting our 'Mahayuti' allies," he said.

"It is the thinking of Sena and also BJP that the alliance continue. The common man wants to defeat Congress-NCP government in the state," Tawde said.

Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, "Both parties today agreed that the alliance should remain. Both parties are firm that the old alliance should continue."

"A new proposal came up today and it will be discussed with our other alliance partners later today," Raut said. RPI, RSP, SSP and Shivsangram are the other partners of the 'Mahayuti' (grand alliance).

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