Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister and NCP
President Sharad Pawar continued closed door parleys with
senior leaders here to discuss the party`s preparedness in
Marathwada and Vidarbha regions for the upcoming assembly
elections next month.
Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, state unit
president R R Patil and other senior leaders were present at
the day-long deliberations.
Party sources said that Pawar reviewed the list of
aspiring candidates compiled by the district units, discussed
possibility of rebellion, factionalism with senior leaders.
Party sources denied reports that the Congress had
offered the NCP only about 100 seats. "The poll pact is yet to
be announced and hence the question of being offered some
seats does not arise," sources said.
Sources said the NCP is hopeful of an alliance with the
Congress. However, with the date of issue of notification for
the October 13 election about ten days away, the party does
not want to take chances and hence has began preparations for
testing aspirants in all the constituencies.
The state parliamentary board will meet on September 11
for interviewing prospective candidates.