Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
today asked Congress, its senior partner in the coalition
government in Maharashtra, to convene a co-ordination
committee meeting to discuss the strategy for next month`s
biennial elections to ten Legislative Council and six Rajya
State NCP president Madhukar Pichad told PTI that he
had telephonically conveyed his party`s view to his Congress
counterpart Manikrao Thakre.
"NCP falls short of only 8 votes to get a third
candidate elected for the Legislative Council. However, Thakre
says our party should stick to only two to fill in the two
vacancies caused due members taking retirement," Pichad said.
He said if both the coalition partners plan their
strategy well, NCP can get 3 candidates elected and Congress
can bag four seats.
"We need to speak to the other like minded parties to
elicit their support," Pichad said.
He expressed hope that Congress would heed to his
advice to convene a meeting to plan the strategy before
Out of ten, four MLCs belonging to the Congress and
two of NCP retire on July 7 and two each of both the parties
retire from the Rajya Sabha on July 4.
Elections to the Council and Rajya Sabha will be held
on June 10 and June 17 respectively.