Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Months before the state Assembly polls, alliance partners Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party have begun bickering over sharing the Chief Minister’s tenure and the seats that each would contest in the elections this year.Some BJP leaders have said that it would be a BJP CM without any sharing of tenure since no such agreement had been reached between the parties that had forged an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and had decided to keep those ties intact in the Assembly polls as well. In 2014, the two parties had fought the Assembly polls independently following disagreement over seat-sharing.
However, members of the Sena said that apart from sharing Assembly seats equally in the October polls, the Sena had been promised that the two partners would share the CM's tenure of five years, with each getting two and a half years each in the high office.Sources said that they had foreseen a crisis unfolding – just like in 2014 when the two parties bid goodbye to each other just ahead of the Assembly polls. The leaders insist that the CM should be from the BJP and not Sena in any case. They feel that the Sena is second to the BJP in all aspects and it shouldn’t be allowed any leverage that would harm BJP’s dream run in the state.