Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar added to the worries of his ally party, the Congress, by saying that chief ministerial post should be shared between the two allies.
Pawar was talking to reporters in Pune on Saturday. There is already a speculation of the NCP forging ties with the Shiv Sena.
Pawar said his party members believed that the Kashmir pattern — where the two ruling parties have decided to share the chief ministerial term — should be followed in Maharashtra.
In 2004 Assembly elections, the NCP had won more seats than the Congress but had to concede the chief ministership to the latter.
When asked whether the NCP wanted 50:50 seat sharing formula for Maharashtra Lok Sabha, he said: “I believe the seat sharing formulae should be based on which party can win that seat instead of going by any figure.”
He added that Congress had contested 168 seats in 2004 but won only 68 as opposed to NCP which contested 118 and won 72.
The comments come a day before the NCP convention at Nashik, where it will sound off its election bugle.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Govindrao Adik has decided to join NCP is expected to be inducted into the party on Sunday at Nashik.