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25-year-old alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP in Maharashtra ends
Thursday September 25, 2014 7:10 PM, IANS

The 25-year-old alliance between the Shiv Sena and the BJP in Maharashtra has ended, state Bharatiya Janata Party president Devendra Fadnavis announced.

"We wanted a proposal which can take the alliance ahead. They keep giving the same things repeatedly in which there is nothing concrete to accommodate the BJP and the other partners," an exasperated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Devendra Fadnavis told mediapersons Thursday.

Expressing frustration at the developments, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana chief Raju Shetti said he was "tired of trying to bring about a rapproachment between BJP, Sena".

Senior Sena leader Diwakar Raote countered by saying that the BJP appeared in great haste to break the alliance.

"The situation was that only one seat was left to be finalized. The BJP was in a hurry to break the alliance," he said.

In Tulzapur temple town of Osmanabad, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said Thursday afternoon that discussions were still under way and expressed hope the alliance would continue.

Accusing Sena of ignoring the smaller partners, the BJP held talks with the four other parties in a bid to break the deadlock and prevent them from contesting the Oct 15 elections separately.

They are Republican Party of India (A), Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and Shiv Sangram, with independent stray pockets of influence.

Some of these parties are likely to throw their weight behind the BJP in case the alliance snaps, their leaders indicated.

Meanwhile, even before the alliance status was clear, BJP candidates in many parts of the state went ahead and filed their nominations in various seats.

The deadline for filing nominations is Sep 27 while the last date for withdrawal is Oct 1, for the Oct 15 polling in 288 assembly seats in the state.

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