The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to put its foot down. The party is unwilling to accept the seat sharing formula offered by the Congress for the upcoming Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections.
Revenue minister Narayan Rane, Congress in-charge for the KDMC polls, had last week declared that the allies had worked out a formula of 55:52 seats for the Congress and the NCP respectively.
However, the NCP’s parliamentary board, in its meeting on Tuesday, rejected this formula and nominated Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar to discuss the issue with Congress.
“At the meeting, the common sentiment was that we should not always be the one to give in. Pawar will negotiate with Rane soon so that we can get some more seats,” said party spokesperson Madan Bafna, adding that the NCP wants equal sharing of seats with its ally.
Rane had worked out the seat sharing in consultation with local NCP leaders, including Vasant Davkhare, deputy chairman of the legislative council.
However, the party’s senior brass was miffed with the decision, especially since the announcement was made without consulting the state parliamentary board.
Sources in the NCP said the party wanted to ensure the Congress did not take them for granted.
In the next one-and-half year, nearly dozen civic bodies will head for polls and the NCP wants to contest these elections to better its presence in urban areas.
Though the KDMC is now ruled by the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance with Sena winning maximum seats at 29, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena factor may swing the elections in favour of the NCP-Congress.