Congress to NCP: Raise seat sharing issue at party meeting

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress chief Manikrao Thakre said on Saturday that its ally NCP should stake a claim to more seats during the co-ordination committee meet of both parties, rather than speak about it to the media.

PTI| Updated: May 23, 2014, 20:01 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress chief Manikrao Thakre said on Saturday that its ally NCP should stake a claim to more seats during the co-ordination committee meet of both parties, rather than speak about it to the media.

"It is better to claim seats during the co-ordination committee meeting rather than talk about it to the media," Thakre told reporters when asked about NCP president Sharad Pawar`s demand earlier today for more seats.

At a brainstorming session of NCP today, Pawar made a pitch for his party getting more seats than Congress as part of the seat sharing arrangement on the strength of its better performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

"Last time, when we (NCP) got less seats than the Congress in Lok Sabha polls, they (Congress) said that they should get more assembly seats to contest. We should remember it this time when we sit to discuss seat sharing," Sharad Pawar had said earlier today while addressing NCP workers.

Speaking about the demand by the Congress-affiliated headload ("mathadi") workers` union leader Baburao Ramishte that Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan should resign after the party`s unprecedented defeat, Thakre said party office bearers should adhere to "party discipline".