The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has demanded a 50 percent seat sharing deal from its ally Congress for the upcoming Assembly elections. Ajit Pawar, NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister, said on Friday that if his party didn't get half the seats, it would contest all the 288 Assembly seats in the state.
"We should get 144 seats, an equal share with our ally Congress in the Assembly polls. If it doesn't happen, we will analyse and contest all 288 seats," Pawar said while addressing party workers in Ahmednagar.
In the 2009 Assembly elections, NCP had won 62 seats of 113 contested, while the Indian National Congress had won 82 seats of 170 contested seats.
“All parties should contest the elections on their own so that they can know their strength,” Pawar said.
After the Lok Sabha election, party workers of both the Congress and the NCP are of the opinion that they should contest the elections separately. NCP leaders have been consistently demanding half of the seats after winning more seats than the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections. The Indian National Congress won two seats in the recently concluded general elections in Maharashtra, while the NCP won four.
However, speaking to a news channel, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said, “Ajit Pawar has expressed his own views. Party chief Sharad Pawar has many times rejected views raised by individuals in the party.” He further added, “For the last 15 years we have been in an alliance. We can’t comment anything on the issue, until and unless the NCP officially tells us about the seat sharing.”
The Maharashtra Assembly election is slated to be held in October this year.