Chavan, Deshmukh to lead seat sharing talks with NCP

January 19th, 2009 - 11:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Sushil Kumar

Mumbai, Jan.19 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh will lead the seat-sharing discussion representing the Congress party with its ally National Congress Party (NCP) for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
According to Maharashtra Pradesh Congress committee (MPCC) spokesman Anand Gadgil, former chief minister and Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, state unit Congress president Manikrao Thakre, Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and State campaign committee chairman Gurudas Kamat, apart from Ashok Chavan and Vilasrao Deshmukh, would participate in the talks as the members of the committee set up to hold talks with the NCP on seat sharing.
The first meeting of this six-member committee will be held at Tilak Bhavan on Tuesday to finalise the nitty gritty of the seat sharing talks, said Gadgil on Monday while adding that the formal talks with the NCP was likely to begin by next week after the NCP’’s two-day poll preparation meeting would conclude on January 22.
The NCP President and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar last week had met All India Congress Committee (AICC) chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence 10, Janpath in New Delhi.
The NCP had demanded equal number of seats and also a share for allies like Samajwadi Party (SP) and all the Republic Party of India (RPI) factions.
So far, the Congress, however, has not reacted to NCP’’s demands. (ANI)

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