Even as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday deployed his senior leader Sanjay Raut to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu’s sit-in protest Delhi, BJP president Amit Shah was busy in chalking out a strategy to bring its oldest ally on board ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly polls. According to a report in The Indian Express, BJP president Amit Shah dialed Uddhav Thackeray on Monday to finalise a seat-sharing well ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Although the Sena has been very critical of the BJP leadership in the last few months, it continues to share power with the saffron party both at the Centre and Maharashtra. The IE report said that Thackeray told Shah to return to the 1995 formula to seal the seat-sharing agreement. In 1995, he Shiv Sena had contested 169 seats while the BJP had fielded its candidates on 116 seats.