BJP may give Sena 2 more berths at Centre

BJP may give Sena 2 more berths at Centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may induct two members of the Shiv Sena into his council of ministers if the party agrees to join the minority government the BJP leads in Maharashtra.

Government sources said the BJP may agree to induct two Shiv Sena nominees – one Cabinet and another Minister of State – in the Union Council of Ministers as part of its greater understanding with the estranged ally in Maharashtra.

At the first round of talks held on Saturday with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, the BJP is learnt to have offered its erstwhile ally 10 ministerial berths in the Maharashtra government.

In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has occupied the opposition benches after its talks with the BJP on power-sharing fell through before Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the chief minister.

The Shiv Sena and the BJP, allies for three decades, parted ways after a bitter spat over seat-sharing for the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly elections. The BJP was hoping to win a majority on its own but fell short of the magic figure of 145 seats.

It managed to win 122 seats despite the campaign blitzkrieg launched by Modi-led BJP. The Shiv Sena won 63 seats in the 288-member Assembly.

The Fadnavis government won a controversial trust vote on November 12 following which the BJP made attempts to reach out to the Shiv Sena. The NCP, which was at the receiving end of the aggressive BJP campaign, had declared unconditional support to the state government.

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