Spell out stand on alliance by Sept 11: NCP asks Cong
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 09, 2009, 22:59
New Delhi: Apparently to pressurise Congress for alliance in coming assembly polls in Maharashtra, NCP today said it would finalise candidates for all the 288 seats if it does not get any offer from its coalition partner on seat-sharing by September 11.

NCP General Secretary Govindrao Adik said the party's Parliamentary Board meeting in Mumbai on September 11 would decide the candidates for all seats if Congress does not come up with any proposal by then.

Adik's remarks came a day after party chief Sharad Pawar asked Congress to start quickly seat-sharing talks.

While Pawar has pitched for the 2004 seat-sharing formula, Congress has indicated it is not in favour of that saying ground realities have to be taken into account following the outcome of the recent Lok Sabha polls in which Congress did better than its coalition partner.

Senior Congress leaders claim the two parties are likely to begin seat-sharing talks in a day or two but there has been no forward movement so far for the alliance for the October 13 polls.

Meanwhile, Adik said he will be visiting poll-bound Haryana after September 12 and present a report to the party chief who will decide on the issue of contesting elections there.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 09, 2009, 22:59

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