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NCP releases first list of 17 candidates in Maharashtra

Union Agriculture Minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule figure in the first list of 17 candidates announced by the party after the seat sharing arrangement with ally Congress was formalised on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2009 23:28 IST

Union Agriculture Minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule figure in the first list of 17 candidates announced by the party after the seat sharing arrangement with ally Congress was formalised on Monday.

Maharashtra NCP president R R Patil told reporters that the Amravati (SC) seat has been left for the RPI (Gavai group).

Earlier in the day in New Delhi, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel of NCP and Defence Minister A K Antony of Congress announced that the seat sharing arrangement between the two parties was formalised.

NCP will contest 22 seats and Congress 26. The seat sharing arrangement was arrived at following a month-long closed-door talks involving hard bargaining by the two allies. NCP had demanded equal seats and wanted to contest 24 out of the total 48 seats.

Pawar will contest from Maadha in Solapur district after vacating his traditional Baramati constituency for his daughter and political heir Supriya Sule, presently a Rajya Sabha member.