BJP, Shiv Sena reunited, Sena to get 12 Ministers in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Dec 04: Two estranged allies have finally moved for patch up more than a month after they parted their ways over seat sharing ahead of the assembly polls held in October. Now Shiv Sena and BJP are back as allies in Maharashtra after Uddhav Thackeray agreed to be in the government led by Devendra Fadnavis without deputy chief minister post to Sena.

However, 12 ministers from Sena will be inducted into the Maharashtra government. The names and portfolios are expected to be finalised by tonight.

The announcement for alliance was made in Mumbai at a joint press conference addressed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leaders including Eknath Shinde.

"We have fixed modalities, will run the state government together," Fadnavis said.

"We are honouring the wishes of the people of the state. We spoke to Uddhav Thackeray and had a discussion on broad lines," he added.

Twelve ministers from the Sena, five of cabinet rank and seven ministers of state, will be sworn in on Friday. However, Sena will not get a deputy CM post for which the party had been bargaining and keeping distance from the government.

Fadnavis said his party would have 8-10 ministers taking oath on Friday. "The number may increase or decrease. We also want small allies to get ministries," he said.

The two parties will form a coordination committee to work out modalities for alliance in the municipality and panchayat levels.

The BJP seems to be dominant in the state with its 121 MLAs and 63 from Sena.

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