The 25 year old alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena has come to an end, sources said on Thursday, September 25, 2014, but both parties claimed that the talks were still on.
A report on Times of India had mentioned that an official announcement may be made by the end of the day.
Rumors also surfaced after BJP president Amit Shah, who was scheduled for a meeting, cancelled it without any clarification.
It was speculated that Shah’s presence in the city would have only boosted the confidence of saffron leaders in the state. Shah was supposed to address a meeting at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, which is located in Uttan.
Shah’s absence is being seen as an indicator of split between the two parties that shared an alliance for more than 25 years in the state.
Sena MLA was further quoted that Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was supposed to go to Goddess Tulaja Bhavani shrine in Sholapur today for blessings for the election campaign.
A senior state BJP leader stated that the leaders from both Sena and BJP leaders were gathered and spend hours at a south Mumbai apartment on Wednesday night to talk on the seat sharing formula. However, nothing amicable could be sorted.
In their own hysterical attempts, Sena and BJP leaders were said to be looking to win the small parties for getting the support right, but both parties have denied the same, says a report in Zee news.
The smaller parties like Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Rashtriya Samaj Party, RPI and Shiv Sangram Sanghatana hold importance to both allies.
After weeks of speculation, BJP settled for 130 seats, while Sena chose to be happy with 151 seats. These left just seven seats to the smaller parties, who have now threatened to walk out of the alliance.