Maharashtra Cong leaders meet Sonia
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Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009, 22:45
  
New Delhi: Top Congress leaders from Maharashtra, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, today met party chief Sonia Gandhi ahead of a crucial round of talks with NCP to thrash out differences over seat-sharing for the coming state Assembly polls.

The meeting took place in the backdrop of reports that about a dozen seats have become the bones of contention between the two parties seeking to firm up an alliance for the elections.

Congress and NCP will meet tomorrow to iron out differences over certain assembly seats to which both the parties have staked claim.

Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre accompanied Chavan for the meeting with Gandhi.

Deshmukh had yesterday the two parties have already finalized 95 per cent of the seats they would contest but denied reports that the seat-sharing has been finalised in the ratio of 174-114. "It would still require a couple of days to finalise the arrangement for the October 13 polls," he said.

Chavan described today's meeting with Gandhi as a "courtesy call."

The meeting took place in the midst of the exercise of scrutinising the candidates by the Central Screening Committee of the party headed by senior leader Virendra Singh.

Meanwhile, senior Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane said Congress would ensure the defeat of the Leader of the Opposition and Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam who has moved to Guhagar constituency in Konkan region.

The fact that BJP has vacated Guhagar seat for Shiv Sena showed that it had staged a "retreat," claimed Rane who hails from Konkan region.

Bureau Report


First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, 22:45


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