Ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declared the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena alliance at a press briefing in Mumbai on October 4. CM Fadnavis confirmed, BJP and Shiv Sena are united by Hindutva. CM also mentioned that the aim for the next five years is to make Maharashtra draught-free.
In the press briefing, CM Fadnavis announcing the alliance said, "During the Lok Sabha elections we had announced the formation of this alliance. There can be some disapproval and disagreements in politics, but the thread that keeps BJP and Sena together is Hindutva. We are together from the Lok Sabha elections and we had made it clear at that time that we will be together in the next election as well."
"There were people doubting our alliance but we never had any such doubts in our mind. To form an alliance a lot of discussions are needed. We need to hear requests from both parties. In the Lok Sabha election, the supported of the people along with the guidance of PM Modi have once again brought us together with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)," he added.
Speaking over the NDA alliance he said, "In this NDA alliance the major role is played by the 'MahaYuti' (Maha-Alliance) in Maharashtra. We have filed the form today and we wish to win the same as Lok Shaba elections."
" We all have compromised something or the other to be together in this alliance. In this election, we will bet a bigger Mandate. I also assure you that in Mumbai Aditya Thackery will win with maximum seats in this upcoming election, he has all our support," he added.
Warning the rebels CM said, "Workers from both parties will also come together and work together. If somebody goes against the alliance will not be given any place in the NDA alliance. I also ask all the rebels to withdraw their nominations against the alliance in the next two days."
Lastly, CM said, "Our focus will be development of the state and we will make sure all the work will be done towards the development of Maharashtra esecially places like drought-hit regions of the state. It is our dream to make Maharashtra drought-free and all steps will be taken accordingly."
Finalising the seat-sharing formula, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday, declared that Shiv Sena will contest for polls from 124 constituencies, the BJP will contest from 150 and its allies will contest from 14 constituencies, at a joint press conference in Mumbai.
"Our allies are contesting in 14 constituencies. Shiv Sena is fighting in 124 constituencies and in the remaining seats, we (BJP) are contesting. This is our seat-sharing formula," said Fadnavis. He also added, "I am confident the Aaditya Thackeray will win by a very huge margin in the elections and we will see him with us in the Assembly."
Maharashtra which has 288 Assembly seats will go to polls on 21 October 2019. Maharashtra assembly elections will be held in a single-phase and the counting procedure would be conducted on October 24. The last date of nomination is on October 4. EC informed that the parties in Maharashtra had wanted the polls to be concluded by Dhanteras.