Maha polls: NCP rejects Congress's proposal to contest in 124 seats

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Mumbai, Sept 21: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday rejected the Congress's proposal to contest in 124 seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra next month. The party refused it on grounds that it was an old offer as it had already contested on those seats in the 2004 polls.

The party has virtually issued an ultimatum to the Congress to resolve the seat-sharing issue within a day. The Congress, on the other hand, wants to contest in 174 seats. The state assembly has a total of 288 seats.

Senior NCP leader Praful Patel was set to meet the Congress's top leaders on Sunday for talls on the matter. The NCP's rejection came after the AICC's central panel finalised names of the candidates contesting in the Maharashra and Haryana polls scheduled on October 15.

State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre reportedly said that if the NCP remains adamant, then the Congress might have to go alone in the upcoming polls.

It may be mentioned here that the NCP had received more seats than the senior ally, Congress, in the state in the general elections held in April-May.

The opposition alliance has also seen serious rift with the BJP and Shiv Sena locking horns over the sharing of seats for the state polls. [Read here...]

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