Mumbai: A meeting of Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) MLAs will be held on Monday to elect their leader
for the post of next deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.
The meeting will be held at 1.00 pm at the party office in
Vidhan Bhavan, South Mumbai, NCP state unit spokesman Madan
Bafna said here on Saturday.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, senior leaders D P
Tripathi, Tariq Anwar and Govindrao Adik have been appointed
observers to oversee the process, he said.
Besides the incumbent Chhagan Bhujbal, several others
including state unit president RR Patil and NCP chief Sharad
Pawar`s nephew and cabinet minister Ajit Pawar are said to be
in the race for the number two post.
NCP, which is part of the Congress-led ruling coalition
in the state since 1999, has won 62 seats, nine less than last
time, while Congress won 82 seats in the just-concluded
assembly polls in Maharashtra.