Coalition partners Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are quarelling again, this time over sharing seats for the polls to the 11 vacant seats of the Legislative Council.
The polls will be held on November 27 in Jalgaon, Sangli-Satara, Nanded, Yavatmal, Pune and Bhandara-Gondia (local self government constituencies), Aurangabad, Nagpur and Konkan (teachers constituencies) and Amaravati and Nashik (graduates constituencies).
Senior leaders, chief minister (CM), Ashok Chavan, state Congress president, Manikrao Thakre, deputy CM, Chhagan Bhujbal, and state NCP president Madhukar Pichad met to discuss the sharing of seats.
Talks stopped abruptly on Monday when the Congress demanded the Nanded seat—it is Chavan’s hometown— claiming it has more voters there than the NCP. The Congress demanded the Yavatmal and Nashik seats too. The NCP rejected these demands.
A Congress leader, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said the leaders will resume talks on Tuesday. He said Chavan has made the Nanded seat a prestige issue. Thakre wants NCP to concede his native district, Yavatmal, where he managed to win in all local self-governments last year.
The Legislative Council will have vacancies because 11 sitting legislators will retire.