Congress, NCP yet to decide on seat-sharing

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 12 January 2019

According to the sources, the talks over the issue will be between Congress General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge and senior NCP leader Praful Patel

MUMBAI: Congress-NCP alliance in the Nandurbar, Ahmednagar, and Aurangabad seats is still unresolved. The deadlock may be resolved in Delhi on January 15. 

Even after the talks between Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and NCP supremo, Sharad Pawar over seat-sharing, the issue remained inconclusive. There was no consensus on the eight Lok Sabha constituencies.

According to the sources, the talks over the issue will be between Congress General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge and senior NCP leader Praful Patel.

The two parties are reached to an agreement over the  Yavatmal, Washim, Buldhana, Pune, and Raver constituencies.   

Nandurbar is Congress’s traditional constituency and the Congress is not willing to leave the seat for NCP. The Congress has even started their campaign from Nandurbar. Now NCP is demanding the seat, which is difficult for Congress to leave. 

The Ahmednagar seat is under NCP’s quota and Congress needs it as Sujay Vikhe-Patil son of Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil wants to contest from there. While NCP is demanding for Aurangabad seat for Satish Chavan.

Pune, Ratnagiri, and Yavatmal will be with Congress. Now the issue of the three seats will be discussed with the top leaders again in Delhi on January, 15. 

According to an NCP leader, Kharge and Patel would discuss seat-sharing and swapping of these seats by the two parties and their partners.

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