Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are set to jointly kick-start their election campaign for ensuing Lok Sabha elections with a joint rally in Kolhapur on March 24, joint statement released by both parties confirmed. First joint rally of Shiv Sena-BJP will be held on March 24. The joint meetings with both parties’ workers are scheduled to take place on March 15, March 17 & March 18 at different locations.
According to the information out, after the meetings with party workers, a big joint rally of senior leaders from both parties would be held in Kolhapur on March 24.
“A joint manifesto will be released soon. Dates for grand joint meeting of Mumbai workers from both parties will be announced later,” the statement further said.BJP-Shiv Sena had last month finalised a plan to contest the upcoming elections jointly. While BJP will contest on 25 seats, Shiv Sena will contest on 23 seats.
Although both the parties have been in alliance for past several decades, they broke up in 2014 for a brief time just before the legislative elections in Maharashtra.
BJP demanded a higher share of seats which Shiv Sena was not willing to concede.Out of 288 legislative seats, BJP won 122 while Shiv Sena managed to win only 63 seats.