BJP, Shiv Sena to hold 2nd round of power-sharing talks today

BJP, Shiv Sena to hold 2nd round of power-sharing talks todayMumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena will hold second rounds of talk on Saturday in an attempt to end the deadlock and reach a decision on the latter joining the Maharashtra government. Talks between the two political parties were held yesterday in which BJP had reportedly offered five Cabinet berths and an equal number of Minister of State posts to its estranged ally.

The discussion over the power-sharing formula was held between the BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan and Chandrakant Patil at Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s residence. Pradhan is a Union Minister, while Patil is a member of the Devendra Fadnavis Cabinet in Maharashtra, where the BJP government won a controversial trust vote earlier this month.

BJP has offered five Cabinets and as many Minister of State berths to Sena in the round one of talks, highly-placed sources in the ruling party told a news agency. Talks between the former allies resumed after a gap of almost a month since the BJP Government came to power, a period during which leaders from both sides traded charges.

Bureau Report

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