Mumbai, Sep 22 :
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra Monday again seemed to be on the brink of collapsing as both sides maintained hardened positions on seat-sharing and BJP president Amit Shah appealed to party workers to start working for the Oct 15 assembly polls.
“I appeal to all (activists) to dedicate themselves for Maharashtra elections,” Shah said in a terse tweet Monday afternoon, which many interpret as possible curtains down on the longest political alliance in Indian politics.
Shah’s appeal came amidst a hardening of positions by both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena on their respective stance on seat-sharing as well as the next chief ministerial candidate.
Senior state leaders have reportedly urged the central leadership to intervene and make a last-ditch effort to prevent the alliance from snapping – the second time in three days when such a possibility has arisen.
BJP sources in New Delhi meanwhile claimed that Shah had called Uddhav Thackeray and made a fresh offer to save the alliance. However, well placed sources in the Sena and ally Republican Party of India-A denied that Shah had spoken to the Shiv Sena chief.
State BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis also indicated that there are no more talks scheduled on the issue between the two parties.
“We are not going to hold any more discussions with Sena on this. We will decide after they respond. The ball is in their court,” he said.
Fadnavis also dismissed rumours that BJP in-charge for Maharashtra O.P. Mathur would be meeting the Sena chief. “There is no official information on this.”