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NCP, BJP exploring electoral tie-up

The state NCP chief, VC Shukla admitted that the NCP and BJP were negotiating electoral adjustments and the picture would be clear once withdrawal of nominations are over.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2003 14:04 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The Chhattisgarh unit of Nationalist Congress Party is exploring possibilities of an electoral adjustment with the BJP in some of the seats for the forthcoming assembly elections.

The state NCP supreme, Vidya Charan Shukla admitted both the parties were working on it and a clear picture would emerge after completion of the withdrawal of nominations. According to available information, both the parties are negotiating on at least 15 Assembly seats for joint candidates. Prominent among them include: Marwahi, Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon, Sihawa, Dhamtari, Dantewada, Konta, Jagdalpur and Ambikapur.

Besides, the NCP and BJP has made a quid-pro-quo arrangement in Raipur-Urban and Raipur- Rural for mutual benefit. By fielding Salam Rizvi as NCP nominee from Raipur –Urban, Shukla’s organisation is giving a safe passage to Brijmohan Agrawal, a vocal BJP legislator while the saffron party has nominated Rajesh Munoot, a `dummy’ candidate against Tarun Chatterjee in Raipur-Rural to bail out the NCP nominee, Deenanath Sharma.

Talking to Hindustan Times, a senior BJP functionary informed that the state BJP chief, Dr Raman Singh is constantly in touch with Shukla to work out more seat adjustments. Both the parties have identified several constituencies and a formal decision in this regard is expected any moment.

Shukla informed that his party would talk with BJP leadership for withdrawal of BJP nominee, Nand Kumar Sai from Marwahi so that the NCP candidate, Hemwant Porte could be a joint candidate against Ajit Jogi.

Meanwhile, the NCP released its final list of candidates this evening. The party has fielded candidates from all 90 constituencies. As many as 13 Brahmins figured in the list. While releasing the list, Shukla, however, made it clear that some candidates may withdraw their candidature for a larger interest. This has given an enough indication that the party may make an electoral adjustment with BJP in few seats.

Answering a question, the state NCP chief said that he and some of the senior NCP leaders were not contesting elections in view of giving full-time for campaigning in all the 90 constituencies.

First Published: Nov 17, 2003 14:04 IST