BJP, Shiv Sena to jointly campaign in Maharashtra

March 17th, 2009 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Ironing out their differences, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena Tuesday announced they would begin joint campaigning in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls March 20.
BJP general secretary Gopinath Munde said that party chief Rajnath Singh and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackrey would start canvassing together.

“We will have a common manifesto, common programme and will have a common campaign,” Munde told reporters here.

Asked about the Shiv Sena’s demand for a Marathi prime minister, Munde said: “These are old issues; there is no problem now. The Shiv Sena supports the candidature of L.K. Advani as prime ministerial candidate of the NDA (National Democratic Alliance).”

The BJP will contest elections in 26 constituencies in Maharashtra and the Shiv Sena on 22. The BJP Tuesday finalised its candidates for 11 seats.

“We have finalised candidates on 11 seats, it includes my seat Beed. The rest will be decided in a couple of days,” Munde added.

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