Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that the alliance partners could be given at the most 16 seats and Shiv Sena would be able to give maximum eight seats from its quota while working seat-sharing with its partners in Mahayuti.
Mahayuti, the rainbow alliance of Sena, BJP, Swabhimaani Paksha led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, Ramdas Athawale's RPI (A), and Shivasangram, swept the Lok Sabha elections, winning 42 out of 48 seats in the state.
Raut said that the alliance partners could be given at the most 16 seats and both Shiv Sena and BJP should give eight seats from their individual quota. He said that Shiv Sena was not in a position to reduce a single seat from its quota other than leaving eight seats for the alliance partners.
Sources said Shiv Sena and BJP would settle down for leaving seats for alliance partners in next two to three days. It is likely that both the parties would bring down the other Mahayuti partners' seats to less than 20. Shiv Sena would have to give away a seat or two more as the alliance partners are claiming seats that were contested by Sena for last two decades. Raut made it clear that Sena would be ready for shuffling won't agree for fifty-fifty seat sharing with BJP.