Pune: While Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that the seat sharing with NCP for the ensuing assembly elections would not be accepted at the cost of compromising self-respect the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Manikrao Thakre made it clear that Congress has informed NCP that its demand of 144 seats was not acceptable to them.
Both Chavan and Thakare were addressing the party workers during the Western Maharashtra convention organised in Pune. The party would be organising region-wise conventions while approaching the assembly elections. All India Congress Committee in-charge for Maharashtra, Mohan Prakash, Shyoraj Walmiki, Ministers Patangrao Kadam, Harshawardhan Patil, Satej Patil state unit women's wing president Kamal Vyavahare, Youth Congress state unit president Vishwajeet Kadam, MLAs Ramesh Bagve and Vinayak Nimhan, MLC Mohan Joshi, Sharad Ranpise, Deepti Chavdhary, Pune city unit president Abhay Chhajed were present on the dais.
Chavan said that discussions with NCP for the seat sharing are going on and decision would be taken soon. He said that whatever the decision is, if it is not done in a respectful manner, Congress would not accept it. He said, "I want to tell the party workers that we would not go for alliance, if it is at the cost of self-respect and we would not compromise on our self-respect."
Chavan said that Congress would approach elections by using the social media effectively and by reaching out to people aggressively with the work done by our government. Chief Minister reiterated his claim that Maharashtraa was leading on all counts be it foreign direct investment or employment or industrial development or exports. He said that whether it is Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu or Karnataka or any other state Maharashtra is leading in almost all the areas of prosperity. Thakare said, "When NCP leaders said that their strength has increased in the state, I questioned what strength they were talking about? I pointed out that Congress despite having more seats in last elections did not ask for 5-6 more Lok Sabha seats and NCP should not forget it."
Thakare informed that Congress would announce its first list of candidates by August 7 and would announce the next list by August 12. He said that last elections Congress had won 17 Lok Sabha seats out of its 26 and as far as assembly elections are concerned Congress had emerged as single largest party in the state in 2009 with 10 more seats and that is the reason we would not agree to the demand of 144 seats by NCP.
Most of the district presidents expressed the wish to go it alone and criticized NCP for betraying the Congress during the elections. Pune district unit President Devidas Bhansali received maximum applause when he said, `right up to Delhi, NCP is known for lack of credibility and we have experienced it time and again. If Congresss would not hae worked in Indapur and Bhor, even Supriya Sule would have faced defeat and NCP should not forget it.' Bhansali criticized Narayan Rane without naming him and said, `I am with Congress for 45 years but no one felicitates me and these people join the party but not getting the reward rush to high command with complains against the state leadership.'