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NCP AND CONGRESS AT LOGGERHEADS OVER SEAT SHARING IN THE STATE FOR ELECTIONS

Congress and NCP are loggerheads over the distributions of seats for the elections in Maharashtra. Whereon one side the NCP is demanding 24 seats, pressuring the Congress, on the other side, Congress is trying to use the formula of the year 2004 to present its stance. A meet was held by the Congress and NCP at the Sahyadri Guest house where leaders of state level of both the parties were present. From the Congress side was present Gurudas Kamat, Manikrao Thackarey, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and kripashankar Singh. From the NCP side was present R R Patil, Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal, Praful Patel, Ajit dada Pawar, Sunil Tatkare and Sachin Aheer. Speaking to the media after the meet, State Congress President Manikrao Thackarey informed the discussions of the meeting and stated that the NCP was demanding 24 seats for the elections while Congress was trying to apply the year 2004 formula of 27-21. Speaking on the same lines, State NCP President R R Patil stated that there were differences of views in the distribution of seats but the issue would be solved. The way in which some of the senior leaders of NCP are vouching for NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar for the post of the Prime Minister, victory for the NCP in Maharashtra has become compulsory for them which is also the reason for the demand of more seats. While in the last few years, the stronghold of NCP has been more than that of the Congress but will this be enough for the victory of Sharad Pawar is what time will tell. With cameraperson Mehboob Dhanse, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.

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