The allies Congress and NCP have decided to resolve their seat sharing issue in an amicable way. They have decided to put claims on the seats where the other party is weaker and lost the state polls repeatedly.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to put its claim on 28 seats where the Congress lost consecutively in the past three state polls. The party believes that this will help them increase their present tally of 117 seats.
NCP has been demanding 144 seats in the 288 state assembly. Although Congress has virtually agreed to concede to NCP's demand by giving it 10 more seats, it did not agree to the ally's 50:50 formula.
The state assembly poll is scheduled in October and the election code of conduct is likely to be declared by August 20.
A senior NCP leader recently said that they had a meeting in Delhi under the leadership of party chief Sharad Pawar at his residence. "We decided to ask the Congress give those seats where they have been losing consecutively. We have identified that there are 28 such seats in the state. Congress should give these seats to us because we have got good party network in these constituencies. We may win some of these seats if they are given to us. We need to take such smart decisions to put the consolidated fight and subsequently increase the party tally in assembly," he said on condition of anonymity.
However, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told dna that they are not going to meet NCP's 144-seat demand. "However, we are ready to do some exchange of weak seats here and there. By exchanging seats, both the Congress and the NCP will benefit. I am confident the seat sharing issue will be resolved without much differences," said Chavan.
Chavan further said that they are also ready to leave some seats to independents who are supported to them in the government. "But only condition is that these independents who supported to us need to contest the upcoming state polls on our officials tickets. We are going to discuss all these aspects in the seat-sharing meeting at state level," Chavan added.