All eyes will be on Shiv Sena's stand when the elections for presidents in 25 Zilla Parishads across the state will be held tomorrow.
These Zilla Parishads went to polls last month to elect their members, in which the BJP made inroads into hinterland.
The Sena's stand is keenly watched in Jalna, Aurangabad, Buldhana, Jalgaon, Sangli, and Kolhapur.
In Jalna, the home district of the BJP state president Raosaheb Danve, the saffron party is the single largest party with 22 seats while Sena's strength is 14, followed by the NCP (13) and Congress (5).
In Jalgaon, the home turf of senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse and the Medical education minister Girish Mahajan, BJP is the single largest party with 33 and needs just one seat to win the ZP president's post.
If Sena decides to join hands with the BJP, they can install their own ZP presidents and vice-presidents in Nashik, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Jalna, Yavatmal and Buldhana.
Similarly, the BJP has a majority in in Latur, Wardha and Chandrapur, while Sena has the majority in Ratnagiri.
The Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) has full majority in Raigad.
A source said though 'Matoshree' (read party president Uddhav Thackeray) had issued a diktat to align with Congress and NCP for tomorrow's polls, the same has not gone down well with local Sena leaders in at least six ZPs.
"Local Sena leaders have refused to toe the party leadership's directive saying that after having fought a bitter election against the Congress and NCP, it's unthinkable to join hands with them now," a Sena leader said.
The only possibility of Sena having any understanding with the BJP is in Sindhudurg district, where it needs the BJP's support to stop its arch rival and local Congress strongman Narayan Rane from securing power in ZP.
In Kolhapur, Sena MLA Chandradeep Narke has a long standing political feud with former Congress MLA P N Patil.
In Osmanabad, more than the dispute with the NCP, local MP Ravi Gaikwad is in disagreement with Sena Sampark Pramukh Tanaji Sawant.
Sena minister of state for Cooperation Dada Bhuse has a dispute with the Medical Education Minister and BJP leader Girish Mahajan.
In Beed ZP, it is an interesting battle developing with former NCP MLA Badamrao Pandit, who joined Sena recently, opposing the saffron party joining hands with the NCP. Former NCP MLA Suresh Dhas, who has five corporators in his camp, is likely to lend support to the BJP.
The Minister for Women and Child Development Pankaja Munde is reported to have invoked family ties her late father Gopinath Munde had with the Thackeray family.
In Sangli, all the three local strongmen Jayant Patil (NCP), Patangrao Kadam (Congress) and Anil Babar (Sena) have serious differences among them.