The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena may announce a pre-poll alliance for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on Monday, functionaries from the two parties said.
BJP president Amit Shah is in Mumbai and is likely to announce the tie-up along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, a state BJP functionary said, requesting anonymity. He was, however, not sure whether the alliance will also apply to the assembly elections in Maharashtra.
The Lok Sabha elections might see the BJP contesting 25 of the 48 seats in Maharashtra, while the Sena will contest the rest. Both parties will accommodate smaller allies in their quota, said a Sena functionary, also requesting anonymity.
The development comes after the two alliance partners had sparred publicly over a number of issues and had asked their cadres to get ready to fight the elections on their own earlier this month. However, there was some thaw in the relationship after Shah, according to a report in The Indian Express last week, called up Thackeray.