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Lok Sabha polls: NCP proposes 50-50 seat share with Congress

In order to reach a consensus, the parties have now decided to form a joint committee of two senior leaders each to discuss the issue in detail.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2018 02:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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NCP President Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azhad.(Sunny Shende/ HT)

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is keen to get an equal number of seats in Maharashtra to contest the coming elections in alliance with Congress. NCP chief Sharad Pawar has conveyed this to Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a recently held meeting.

In order to reach a consensus, the parties have now decided to form a joint committee of two senior leaders each to discuss the issue in detail. This was disclosed by Pawar in a meeting called to discuss strategy for the coming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said a senior NCP leader, requesting anonymity.

“I have discussed the issue of seat-sharing with the Congress president. The committee comprises All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president Ashok Chavan along with NCP general secretary Praful Patel and state NCP chief Jayant Patil,” Pawar told reporters after the meeting.

In the meeting, the NCP chief has also asked party leaders to be prepared for both the Lok Sabha and assembly elections as there are chances that both the polls can be held at the same time.

Veering away from the election discussion, Pawar noted that the murderers of Dr Narendra Dabholkar and other rationalists follow an ideology which is spreading communalism.

“They are not against only Muslims but are against all secular people be it Sikh, Christian or any other. The way rationalists were killed, I see it as an attack on secularism,” the NCP chief said while meeting a delegation of Muslim scholars and leaders at YB Chavan on Monday.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 02:55 IST