Panaji: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
in Goa Thursday said that they will ask for more seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections considering that their strength
is growing in the state.
"During last pre-poll alliance with the Congress, we
got six seats. This time, our claim will be on more seats
since we are growing in the state," NCP Goa Unit Chief
Surendra Sirsat told reporters today refusing to elaborate on
number of constituencies that they will be claiming.
"We have a right to contest for the seats where our
presence is strong," he said adding that the party is yet to
decide whether to forge pre-poll alliance or not.
"There is still time for the elections, these
decisions would be taken at the right time after considering
the situation prevailing that time," he said.
Sirsat, former President of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak
Party (MGP), took over the reigns of Sharad Pawar-led party in
the state from today after incumbent president Jose Philip
D`Souza`s resignation letter was accepted by the party high command, couple of days back.
The former Speaker of Legislative Assembly conceded
that he has an uphill task of keeping entire NCP family
together. The party has seen intense infighting which has
spilled even on the streets recently.
D`Souza, the outgoing President had to resign after
he had a public brawl with his party colleague, Fransisco
Mickey Pacheco in the run up for the municipal elections.