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NCP wants to contest 132 seats

NCP President Sharad Pawar. (Source: PTI) NCP President Sharad Pawar. (Source: PTI)
Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Posted: August 8, 2014 2:26 am | Updated: August 8, 2014 2:28 am

The Nationalist Congress Party is likely to stake claim to 132 out of the 288 Assembly constituencies during seat-sharing talks with ally Congress.

Following NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, Pawar convened a review meeting of senior state and national NCP leaders in Delhi on Thursday.

The state leadership conveyed that as per its internal assessment the party could present a strong fight in 132 constituencies.

They also said the party was confident of winning 88 seats out of these. On the remaining 44, it has conveyed that its candidates would at least give a tough fight.

The 88 seats, which it has rated as ‘winnable’, include six represented by Congress legislators at present. Besides, sources said, the party had decided to stake claim on some seats where the Congress has lost more than twice. The NCP had contested 114 seats in 2009.

Pawar briefed NCP leaders on the discussion he had with Sonia on Monday, senior NCP leader D P Tripathi said.

While both parties have agreed to contest the polls together, Tripathi said it had been decided that further talks regarding seat-sharing would take place between the two parties at the state level. “The issues unresolved would then be discussed at the national level,” he added. Tripathi said the party would like the first list of candidates to be announced within 10 days.

State NCP chief Sunil Tatkare said they had confirmed the pre-poll alliance with the Congress. “Discussions on seat-sharing would now be held at the state level,” he said.

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