The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will kick start its election campaign from Nashik on March 1 in a grand statewide convention of its party workers. By the time, the party is hopeful of sorting out its negotiations over seat sharing with its ally, the Congress.
Congress-NCP will jointly contest the 48 Lok sabha seats, but there has been no decision taken over how many seats will be contested by each party.
The convention will open with senior leaders of the party - open to invitees only - to finalise the election strategy for the elections.
At an all-party meeting of MLAs, MPs, district observers and chiefs, held on Wednesday, led by state party president R R Patil, the details over the Nasik convention were thrashed out.
"We expect a crowd of around 5 lakh at the rally as all our workers will congregate there. NCP is keen on a grand alliance of all secular parties to avoid division of votes,'' said spokesperson Madan Bafna.
The party is keen on all secular alliance to avoid division of votes. The NCP president Sharad Pawar is aiming to win 15 seats and there has been a hunt for winnable candidates in the party. NCP needs 15 seats to make its presence felt at the Centre.