No poll pact yet; Cong, NCP focus on probable candidates
Mumbai: With seat sharing between Congress
and NCP yet to be announced for the next month`s Maharashtra
Assembly elections, state units of both parties have begun the
process of finalising the list of candidates.
NCP state leadership is scrutinising the applications
received at district headquarters, while Congress had decided
to convene a meeting of Parliamentary Board from September 5
to meet the prospective candidates.
However, the meeting has been postponed following the
death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Y S
Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash.
Congress, sharing power with Sharad Pawar`s NCP in the
state, has already submitted a list of prospective candidates
to Parliamentary Board. Instead of inviting applications, the
party`s state unit had asked district chiefs to forward names
of probable candidates in all the 288 constituencies.
NCP spokesman Madan Bafna said that his party is soon
to finalise the first list of 30 names, which includes
prominent leaders like Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal
and Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar.
"Prominent sitting MLAs may also be renominated. NCP may
give preference to new faces in Pune and Thane districts," he
Maharashtra Congress spokesman Hussain Dalwai said the
formal announcement of a poll pact from Delhi is expected to
be delayed by a day or two due to Reddy`s death.
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