Citing its improved performance in Maharashtra, the state Congress on Sunday said it wanted to contest 29 Lok Sabha seats while it was ready to cede 19 seats to its alliance partner NCP.
"Our performance had been improved in 2009 compared to 2004 (Lok Sabha elections). (On the basis of that) we deserve at least three seats more from the total seats we had contested in 2009. We have conveyed the 29:19 formula to the Centre," MPCC president Manikrao Thakre told reporters in Mumbai.
The assertion on part of Congress is likely to increase the bickering between the two partners as the Sharad Pawar-led NCP had yesterday demanded that it wanted to contest 22 seats -- three seats more from its tally in 2009 -- and was ready to allocate 26 seats for Congress.
Senior NCP leader Bhaskarrao Jadhav yesterday claimed that the 26:22 formula, proposed by his party, was conveyed to the Congress high-command by NCP's Central leadership.
Reacting to this, Thakre said, "NCP is making public statements on seat sharing out of frustration".
In 2009 elections, NCP had contested 22 seats and won eight while Congress fought from 26 seats and won 16.
"The seat-sharing issue would be decided in New Delhi. But we have presented our case to the high-command. Why is the NCP in such a hurry on the seat-sharing formula?," Thakre questioned.