`BMC poll alliance talks: Don`t keep us waiting`

Last Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 21:44

Mumbai: With no seat adjustment with Congress
yet for next month`s municipal polls in the city, NCP chief
Sharad Pawar on Sunday asked the senior coalition partner to speed
up the seat-sharing talks.

"In the last BMC polls also, there were seat-sharing
talks till last moment. Congress is senior partner but they
should not keep us waiting till the last moment," the NCP
leader said, addressing a meeting of party functionaries in
south Mumbai.

The two parties had contested the elections separately as
the talks fizzled out in the end.

Pawar asked party men to "give time to Congress till
tomorrow" for finalisation of seat-sharing.

"Be flexible to accommodate them if they ask for more
time but don`t wait till the last day," he said.

Talks between the two parties over the past few days to
evolve a workable formula for pre-poll alliance have been
inconclusive.

Senior Congress leader and former union minister Gurudas
Kamat has shot off a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi
opposing an alliance with the NCP.

According to him, Congress should have called off
alliance talks when Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar declared
that NCP would not go for any tie-up with Congress in Pune and
Pimpri-Chinchwad, where that party has a strong base.

Kamat questioned the need for alliance with NCP in Mumbai
given that the party does not have much of a presence.

Congress has said that it would contest 170 seats and
leave 34 for the NCP. The latter, however, wants 65 seats.
Congress won 71 seats in 2007 election and finished second in
99 wards. NCP had won 14 seats and finishing second in 17
wards.

NCP leaders say that in 2007, Congress agreed to cede 65
seats before the talks broke down, so this time, NCP should
get at least 65 seats.

PTI




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