Shiv Sena lawmakers in Maharashtra are fueling the Shinde insurrection out of a fear of losing their seats to MVA allies.

Shiv Sena MPs and MLAs fear they will lose ground to alliance partners NCP and Congress . Concerns heightened as at least ten municipal corporations are formed later this year .

NASHIK PUNE: Senior Sena elected representatives said on Thursday that one of the main reasons for the Shiv Sena's revolt is the fear among its lawmakers that if the Maha Vikas Aghadi continues, they will lose ground to alliance partners NCP and Congress.According to a Sena MP who asked anonymity, he was uncertain of getting a ticket for the next Lok Sabha elections.Both the MVA coalition partners in my constituency are keen on running in the election.I will lose my seat if our staff agrees with them.

Their concerns have been heightened as at least ten municipal corporations are formed later this year, as well as numerous gram panchayat and zilla parishad elections.These leaders are besotted with their positions and those of their opponents in these elections.Shiv Sena fought against the Congress and the NCP for three decades, and the rivalries run deep.According to a veteran Sena senator, it would not be possible to re-position or share seats like with BJP.

Sitting MPs and MLAs could end up fighting as independents or resigning to either the NCP or Congress if the Sena leadership does not prevail, according to the senior Sena leader.On the other hand, the BJP and Sena sides had no hiccups during the polls, according to the Sena leader, because neither had staked their claim to the seats won by each party.Chandrakant Patil, the local chief of Muktainagar, had staked his name on the party ticket for the assembly elections, but was refused because the seat was slated for BJP.He resigned, ran as an independent, and defeated BJP's Rohini Khadse.

Since they are our traditional competitors, we have been fighting the NCP and Congress in a variety of constituencies.According to an independent MLA who has thrown his weight behind Shinde, the BJP has been Senas natural ally.