Poll campaign plans of the BJP and the Shiv Sena were finalised late on Tuesday after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet
colleagues visited Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's residence, a source said. According to a statement by a leader, the coalition parties are set to kick-start their poll campaign from Kolhapur district of the state on March 24.
"The state-level leaders will launch the election campaign from Kolhapur on March 24," a BJP leader said.
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Leaders and workers of both the parties from Vidarbha, Marathwada, Mumbai and North Maharashtra would hold three to four meetings in their respective regions before the first rally, a Sena leader said.
Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second highest in the country after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 seats.
The BJP and Shiv Sena have agreed to fight 25 and 23 seats, respectively, in the state.
Lok Sabha elections for total 543 seats in the country will be held over seven phases, beginning April 11 and ending May 19, and results would be announced on May 23.