Raut: MVA’s seat-sharing formula finalised | Mumbai News – Times of India | IIT EXPERT

Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed that Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) seat-sharing formula has been sealed, but declined to elaborate further. He said the seat-sharing details will be disclosed soon at a high-level meeting among AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray.
“MVA meetings for discussion on seat-sharing formula are over. The next meeting will be held in the presence of Pawar, Thackeray and Kharge and after their discussion, we will come out with the final seat-sharing details. We are determined to defeat BJP in Lok Sabha elections,” Raut said, after the MVA meeting.
Besides Raut, the meeting was attended by MPCC president Nana Patole, former CM Prithviraj Chavan, Sharad Pawar-led NCP’s Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad, and leaders of Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA).
A senior Congress leader, however, said MVA’s seat-sharing formula has not been finalised as even now Sena (UBT) is insisting on contesting 23 seats, while Congress has staked claim on 21 seats. “Most of the discussions were based on the situation at the grassroot level; there were seat-to-seat and elected merit discussions. We claimed 21 seats, but we can come down to even 18 in the larger interest of the MVA, but then even Sena (UBT) should reduce its claim of 23 seats,” he said.
A week ago, Pawar had said that while an agreement has reached on 39 seats, there is dispute on nine seats, mostly in Vidarbha and Western Maharashtra. “I am sure if Kharge, Thackeray, Pawar and Ambedkar sit together, most of the disputes will be resolved. Our aim is to defeat BJP in LS polls,” the Congress leader said.
In a related development, there were reports that VBA has staked claim on 27 seats and has demanded the Beed seat for Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange. Raut denied it, saying there is no such proposal from VBA, and added that VBA has submitted a paper detailing its preparations for LS polls as well as its stronghold across the state. “There is no claim on 27 seats, VBA has just given a status report,” Raut said.

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