Congress-NCP deadlock continues
Both parties failed in arriving at any consensus on the numbers the NCP should get from among 227 electoral wards, reports Dharmendra Jore.india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 21:12 IST
The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party seat-sharing talks for the February 2 Mumbai civic polls hit yet another roadblock on Tuesday as both parties failed in arriving at any consensus on the numbers the NCP should get from among 227 electoral wards.
Sources said NCP was adamant on having 75 seats whereas the Congress was ready to be more flexible and concede over 67 seats, seven more than its earlier offer.
The senior leaders from both parties met at Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s official residence ‘Varsha’ on Tuesday morning.
Most of them, including the chief minister, Union Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil left for Aurangabad to attend an official function.
All India Congress Committee General Secretary (in-charge Maharashtra) Margaret Alva also took part in the unsuccessful negotiations.
Sources said the leaders were to meet late in the evening to finish the business.
However, Mumbai Congress chief Gurudas Kamat said that there was no such plan.
Also, Deshmukh was expected to return by midnight. The talks are expected to continue on Wednesday.
In the meantime, State Congress chief Prabha Rau said seat-sharing between alliance partners for Thane and Nasik corporations would also depend on Mumbai formula.
She said the party would announce the list of candidates for all corporations on January 12 after the Parliamentary committee meeting.