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'Imbroglio over north Goa seat to be sorted out by Delhi'

india Updated: Jan 20, 2009 13:06 IST

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders in Goa on Tuesday said that their party high command in Delhi will discuss with Congress to sort the imbroglio over seat sharing for ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

"It is for the high command of respective parties (NCP and Congress) in Delhi to decide on the seat sharing in Goa," said NCP spokesman Surendra Furtado.

The Congress and NCP are on a war path in the state over seat sharing with both the parties claiming to contest on the North Goa Lok Sabha seat.

NCP has shortlisted six names as probable candidates for the seat while Congress has made it amply clear that they will be contesting from North Goa.

North Goa seat is currently held by BJP MP Sripad Naik.

During the last Parliamentary elections, NCP Goa unit chief Wilfred de Souza, who was an alliance candidate for the seat, had lost the elections.

"We lost last time because Congress legislators never supported us. Still we managed to get sizable votes without any campaigning," said Furtado, who is a de Souza loyalist.

If Congress party aims for North Goa seat, they should let NCP fight in South, he said.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash Shirodkar earlier had said that they will request party chief Sonia Gandhi to let them fight both the Goa seats as NCP has no substantial base in North Goa.