NCP, Congress may finalise ties soon
In the clearest signal that Congress and NCP will fight the coming assembly polls together, NCP leader Praful Patel on Wednesday said that both parties will amicably decide seat sharing in a couple of days.delhi Updated: Sep 16, 2009 14:17 IST
In the clearest signal that Congress and NCP will fight the coming assembly polls together, NCP leader Praful Patel on Wednesday said that both parties will amicably decide seat sharing in a couple of days.
Patel also said his party was "ready to give up some seats" to Congress. In the last assembly elections, Congress had contested 166 and NCP 122 of the total 288 seats.
"We will contest together. The first round of meeting ended yesterday and the second round will be held today. We will resolve the issue of seat sharing amicably in a day or two," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
Both the parties had the first round of formal talks on the issue last night in Mumbai.
The Congress camp says the party is willing to give 109 to 115 seats to NCP.
"Congress had contested a large number of seats last time. This time they will contest more seats. Some seats do not exist after delimitation. We are negotiating among ourselves on the new seats...we are ready to give certain seats to Congress," Patel said.
Congress is in the driver's seat in Maharashtra in the wake of its good showing in the last Lok Sabha polls when it won 17 out of the 26 seats it had contested as against NCP's poor performance as the party secured just eight out of 22 seats it had fought.