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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over reservation for Dhangar community. Uddhav Thackeray was accompanied by the people of Dhangar community during his meeting with the Maharashtra Chief Minister at his residence.
The meeting that lasted for an hour discussed the reservation provision to the Dhangar community in Maharashtra.
The Dhangar community has been demanding reservation provision of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for many years. Shiv Sena chief and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have given assurance to the community.
The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Saturday.
This comes after BJP chief Amit Shah, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addressed a joint press conference on Monday, where they confirmed that the two parties will form an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha as well as state elections later this year.
The two parties had been at loggerheads over a number of issues, and it had seemed that they would go solo, both in state and at the Centre. But following a meeting between the cheif's of the two parties, they decided to keep aside their small differences and work together for the polls.
"Everyone knows that Shiv Sena and BJP have been together for 25 years. We may have differences, but ideologically we are together. For last four and a half years, we have been running the government together. There was popular sentiment that nationalist parties should come together, and we have decided to form an alliance for both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections," Fadnavis said while confirming the alliance.
As for the seat-sharing, Mr Fadnavis did not stress much upon it, though, did mention that the two parties have come to a consensus, both for the Lok Sabha as well as Assembly polls.
The two parties will fight in equal number of seats when it comes to the state elections. As for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the BJP will contest from 25 seats and Shiv Sena will contest from 23 seats.
Uddhav Thackeray also expressed his happiness over the alliance being confirmed, saying that past issues should now be forgotten and the two parties will continue on like they have been doing since the past 30 years.