Pawar reviews party preparedness in Marathwada, Vidarbha

Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister and NCP President Sharad Pawar continued closed door parleys with senior leaders here to discuss the party's preparedness in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions for the upcoming assembly elections next month.

Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, state unit president R R Patil and other senior leaders were present at the day-long deliberations.

Party sources said that Pawar reviewed the list of aspiring candidates compiled by the district units, discussed possibility of rebellion, factionalism with senior leaders.

Party sources denied reports that the Congress had offered the NCP only about 100 seats. "The poll pact is yet to be announced and hence the question of being offered some seats does not arise," sources said.

Sources said the NCP is hopeful of an alliance with the Congress. However, with the date of issue of notification for the October 13 election about ten days away, the party does not want to take chances and hence has began preparations for testing aspirants in all the constituencies.

The state parliamentary board will meet on September 11 for interviewing prospective candidates.

Bureau Report