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Maha polls: Sena to contest 169, BJP 119 seats

Source: PTI
September 19, 2009 11:32 IST
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The Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday announced that they have reached a seat-sharing agreement for the October 13 Maharashtra assembly elections.

"Shiv Sena will contest 169 and BJP 119 seats for the 288-member assembly," BJP General Secretary Gopinath Munde told mediapersons in suburban Bandra in Mumbai.

"Our dream is to come to power in Maharashtra by ousting the Congress-NCP government. Who becomes the Chief Minister is immaterial," Munde said at a press conference in Rang Sharda.

"Sena chief Bal Thackeray had directed us to formally announce the alliance on 'Ghatsthapana Day' today," he said, adding he would also address the victory rally of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance.

State BJP President Nitin Gadkari said the list of BJP candidates would be finalised in Delhi on Saturday evening. "Gadkari would take a decision on allotting a constituency to Poonam Mahajan, daughter of slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan," Munde said. The Sena-BJP alliance will have a joint election manifesto, he said.

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