Cracks in Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra?

After BJP and Shiv Sena, cracks seem to be appearing in the NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra as well.

Mumbai: After BJP and Shiv Sena, cracks seem to be appearing in the NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra as well.

As per reports, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Monday said his party has put forward a proposal before the Congress, whereby the BCP would contest on 144 seats in the upcoming Assembly Elections in the state.

The NCP had contested 114 seats in the 2009 Assembly Elections in Maharashtra.

It may be noted that Maharashtra goes to polls on October 15, with results being declared on October 19.

Just a few days ago, with the seat-sharing talks between the two coalition partners remaining stuck, state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had said that parleys were on to decide whether a pre-poll or a post-poll alliance is suited for the ruling partners.

"The forthcoming Assembly elections will be the sixth election which Congress and NCP will fight. Discussions are on whether a post-poll or a pre-poll alliance is favourable for both Congress and NCP," Chavan said.

The NCP and Congress had fought the first election after the formation of the NCP (in 1999), as rivals, before coming together to form a post-poll alliance. After that, however, they have been pre-poll allies and have fought all elections from 2004 together.

To a question on who will be the next chief minister, Chavan had evaded a direct reply, saying, "He will be the one who has social acceptability."

Chavan, a senior Congress leader and former Union minister, said that though the campaign for recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections was run in the US Presidential style, "it remains to be seen whether the same is applicable in the Assembly elections."

(With agency inputs)