Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: A day after leaders of Congress and NCP met to discuss strategy for the upcoming assembly elections in the state, the NCP set a deadline of one week for its alliance partner to finalise the seat-sharing formula.
Announcing the party`s decision, NCP state president Sunil Tatkare said that the entire process should be completed before the code of conduct is announced in the state. Leaders of Congress and NCP had met for the first time, yesterday evening, after the humiliating Lok Sabha defeat, to discuss the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, state Congress president Manikrao Thakare and AICC general secretary Mohan Prakash, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, state NCP president Sunil Tatkare and senior NCP leader Praful Patel were present at the meeting which continued till late night.
With the NCP keen for a bigger chunk of the seats and the Congress indicating that it will be firm on continuing the same seat-sharing as 2009 (174 seats for Congress and 114 for NCP, out of the total 288 seats, the division of seats is going to be tricky affair this time around.