The Congress and the NCP on Monday continued to battle in vain with its seat-sharing differences.
Tuesday being the last date for filing of nomination papers, now it is clear that all prospective candidates of the two parties will have to file their papers without the mandatory B-form that gives them the status of the official party nominee. Congress leaders indicated that the list of candidates being finalized in Mumbai, would be released only on Feb 1.
Both the parties could not announce the prospective candidates till Monday evening.
Supporters of former Maharashtra minsiter and the AICC secretary Anees Ahmed already protested for sharing tickets with the NCP which has little presence in Nagpur. The Congress should contest the civic elections on its own, without a tie up with the NCP, they insisted.
Similar views were also expressed by the supporters of Maharashtra minister, Nitin Raut.
The Congress as well as the NCP were keen on having a pre-poll alliance for the municipal corporation elections in most of the ten cities of the state scheduled on February 16. Much to their credit they did arrive at an agreement weeks ahead. But once again seat-sharing proved to be their undoing at least in Nagpur where the Congress unit is notorious for violating discipline.
While senior leaders of the two parties including chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had to step in for allotting quota for the NCP and Congress, the local units failed to finalise seats for each party. The NCP got 29 seats to contest in the alliance while the Lokmanch gets 9 and the RPI factions five seats. But repeated round of talks in last two days failed to resolve differences over which 29 seats that the NCP would be given.
The Lok Sabha member from Nagpur and the AICC general secretary Vilas Muttemwar who heads the selection panel for NMC candidates said MLAs and prominent leaders from the city would hold a sitting on Tuesday morning in which they are expected to clear names of at least sixty candidates for the final list. "By evening seniors would join and clear names for the remaining candidates for the 145-member civic house."
On the other hand, the ruling BJP had announced its candidates for the elections.