Karnal: The Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena break-up in Maharashtra will hurt both the parties, according to BJP members. BJP MP from Karnal Ashwini Kumar Chopra said, "Both parties will suffer in the polls. There can be a hung Assembly too in Maharashtra."
The BJP and Shiv Sena ended their 25-year-old alliance as both of them were adamant on the number of seats they wanted to contest in the Maharashtra Assembly polls. The Shiv Sena was stuck to its 150 seats demand and the BJP on 130 out of 288.
Even after a series of discussions and negotiations, both the parties failed to reach any consensus. Chopra said he was unhappy over the breaking of the alliance.
On allegations that the success of the Lok Sabha polls went to their heads, Chopra said, "Both parties became arrogant."
Even the last seat-sharing proposal sent by Sena in which it gave 130 seats to BJP, seven to other allies and kept 151 for itself was rejected by the BJP.
In the October 15 elections, Maharashtra will see a multi-cornered fight.
After Shiv Sena and BJP parted ways, the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress also broke their 15-year-old alliance reducing the Prithviraj Chavan government into minority. The state is presently under the President's Rule.
Ever since the two parted ways, leaders of both the parties are not leaving any stone unturned to target each other.