Even as the seat-sharing talks between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the Mumbai civic polls remained inconclusive on Friday, former Mumbai Congress President Gurudas Kamat shot off a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, opposing the alliance.
Congress leaders from Kamat’s camp said they were afraid the party might give in to the NCP’s demand for more seats, and offer much more than the 34 it was ready to part with initially. The NCP has demanded 65 seats.
A senior Congress leader said: “In today’s meeting, we have agreed to hand over 34 seats to the NCP going by the results of the 2007 polls. From tomorrow, we are looking ward-wise as per their demands to see how things can be worked out.”
Kamat was city Congress chief in 2007, when the two parties parted ways over a tussle for two seats. He continues to maintain a hardline approach. He did not attend the seat-sharing talks on Thursday and Friday.
The NCP has reacted cautiously to Kamat’s move. Senior NCP leader and Mumbai city guardian minister Jayant Patil said: “I don’t think we can comment on what is happening internally within the Congress and there
is freedom for one to express opinions. But, it should be done responsibly. “We have been accommodative and are keen on an alliance with the Congress because this will allow us to defeat the 17-year rule of the Sena and BJP in Mumbai.”