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Will he, won't he? Last minute confusion over Amit Shah's Mumbai trip

Fresh confusion has injected new doubt into the health of Maharashtra's Mahayuti alliance, with news reports saying that BJP President Amit Shah has cancelled his visit to Mumbai. Shah was supposed to attend the inauguration of ‘Ekatma Bhavan’, on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya's birth anniversary, organized by Rambhau Mhalge Prabodhini in Bhayendar.

The inauguration program will be held at 4 pm.

 Will he, wont he? Last minute confusion over Amit Shahs Mumbai trip

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However news channels are now reporting that the visit is cancelled, and that BJP leaders have lost faith in the coalition.

If true, this will be a final body blow to the Shiv Sena - BJP alliance in Maharashtra and the end of a 25-year-old partnership between the two parties. It also comes mere days after BJP and Shiv Sena leaders said that both parties wanted the partnership in Maharashtra to continue.

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday made the first step to end the ongoing impasse with its alliance partner, BJP over the seat sharing issue. They agreed to give the party the 130 seats it had asked for as opposed to the 119, they had initially offered. As per the Sena’s new proposal given to the BJP, Sena would contest from 151 seats, BJP in 130 seats and remaining seven will go to the four small alliance partners.

However the smaller party leaders held a meeting and accused the Sena-BJP of ‘backstabbing’ and ‘insulting’ them by offering them just seven seats. They also threatened to quit the saffron alliance stating that they would forge a new alliance and contest elections on their own.

Following that development, things moved faster and the leaders of the small parties received a call from Sena leaders asking for a meeting. Following the meeting, and an assurance from Thackeray that they would be given a ‘respectable’ number of seats, the leaders of these smaller parties indicated that they would stay. "We proposed a new formula of giving 150 seats for Shiv Sena, 120 for BJP and the remaining 18 for us,” Shetty said.

“We also told the Sena and BJP if they fail to resolve the seat-sharing issue then we will choose one of them to fight the elections with, as our aim is to defeat the congress-NCP,” Shetty added.

The reason that the BJP seems unwilling to budge from their demands of more seats for their smaller allies is because these ties were forged very recently. These allies were made prior to the Lok Sabha elections and they had played a crucial role in ensuring the victory of several BJP candidates in Western Maharashtra and Marathwada region.

Firstpost reporter Vishwas Waghmode spoke to BJP spokesman Keshu Upadhyaya who said that the Shah visit was still on, while the organizers at Prabodhini also said that they had received no indication that the trip had been cancelled.

Stay tuned for the latest developments.

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Updated Date: Sep 25, 2014 14:23:58 IST

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