In a pivotal meeting on the eve of the first gathering of the coordination committee for the opposition alliance INDIA, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray sought counsel from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar. The high-stakes encounter, which unfolded at Pawar’s illustrious ‘Silver Oak’ residence in south Mumbai, lasted a significant 90 minutes.
Addressing reporters, Jayant Patil, the state unit chief of NCP’s Sharad Pawar faction and a participant in the meeting, shared that discussions primarily revolved around the impending INDIA coordination committee’s meeting scheduled for the following day in New Delhi. However, the discourse also delved into the prevailing political landscape in Maharashtra.
The spotlight of these deliberations fell on the crucial seat-sharing arrangements within Maharashtra. The state boasts the second-highest Lok Sabha seats—48 in total, following Uttar Pradesh. Patil affirmed that these arrangements among opposition allies in Maharashtra would soon reach a consensus.
Highlighting the significance of a fair distribution of the 25 seats secured by the BJP or its allies in the last Lok Sabha elections, Patil emphasized the commitment of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) partners—Shiv Sena (UBT), NCP (Sharad Pawar faction), and the Congress—to an equitable allocation.
As Maharashtra gears up for the next political chapter, Patil hinted at forthcoming ‘Vajramuth’ (iron fist) rallies, a strategic move by the MVA constituents. The ever-evolving chessboard of Maharashtra politics is in flux, with Thackeray and Pawar’s meeting echoing the delicate yet critical alliances shaping the state’s political future.