Aditya dismissed the reports as ‘rumours’ while a Shiv Sena spokesperson declined to comment on it.

Media reports, attributed to Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut, claim that the party planed to put up candidates in 20 of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, including Varanasi from where BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is a contender.

Though Raut was not available for comment, another party spokesperson said Aditya has already clarified the matter.

Senior BJP functionary and leader of opposition in legislative council, Vinod Tawade, questioned the veracity of such reports and said it would not impact his party.

Raut reportedly said the Shiv Sena intended to contest 20 of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, including Varanasi, Lucknow and other seats from where prominent BJP leaders are contesting.

Aditya later rubbished the media reports and declared that the Shiv Sena would not put up candidates in Varanasi or Lucknow.


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