The smaller partners of their 'Mahayuti' alliance are unhappy with the Shiv Sena's new proposal for resolving the matter. The saffron combine has four junior partners: Shetti's SSS, the Janker-led RSP, Vinayak Mete's Shiv Sangram and Athavale's RPI.
Expressing his displeasure over just seven seats being offered to the junior partners of the alliance, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS) leader Raju Shetti is said to have mockingly remarked that Sena and BJP should agree to give the chief minister's post to RPI leader Ramdas Athavale and RSP leader Mahadeo Janker.
"If you can't give us enough seats (to contest), at least make our leader the chief minister," Shetti had said in an apparent dig at Sena over its proposal.
The deadlock still continues over seat sharing between the BJP and the Shiv Sena in the state but the situation is looking little better for them now with both parties trying tooth and nail to save their 25-year old alliance.
Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena on Tuesday night submitted a fresh proposal to its alliance partners wherein it would keep 151 Assembly seats for itself, give 130 seats to BJP and leave a residue of seven seats for the junior alliance partners.
"During our meeting with the alliance partners, we made a fresh proposal of leaving seven seats for our junior members. But they are unhappy with the proposal,” Sena leader Ramdas Kadam said late on Tuesday night after a meeting of coalition members at a suburban hotel in Mumbai.
"We have to iron out the differences with the junior partners and thus will be meeting again on Wednesday to hear them out,” he added.
Athawale, was reportedly miffed over Sena's proposal and left midway during the discussions.
Shetti said that giving seven seats to four parties was an 'insult' to them and that would not be accepted.
"If the Sena distributes seven seats among four alliance partners, it will be an insult to us. Sena and BJP can fight elections on all 288 seats and satisfy their egos," he had said.
The smaller partners of their 'Mahayuti' alliance are unhappy with the Shiv Sena's new proposal for resolving the matter.
The saffron combine has four junior partners: Shetti's SSS, the Janker-led RSP, Vinayak Mete's Shiv Sangram and Athavale's RPI.