Even as counting of votes for Lok Sabha polls will be taken up on May 16, the ruling alliance partners Congress and NCP have decided to launch preparations for Assembly elections slated later this year.
A day after Prithviraj Chavan announced bringing about a white paper on irrigation, Uddhav Thackeray said the ruling Congress and NCP coalition are merely doing a lip service to the cause of drought-hit farmers.
Supporting senior BJP leader
Gopinath Munde`s suggestion of a tri-partite alliance, party
chief Nitin Gadkari said MNS and other parties are
impt for defeating the ruling Cong-NCP combine in the
As polling ended in Maharashtra,
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday expressed confidence that
the ruling Congress-NCP combine would get a comfortable
majority in the 288-member Assembly on its own.
Tough negotiations between
the Congress and NCP for the coming Assembly elections in
Maharashtra were said to be on amidst indications NCP might
settle for less than what it had contested in the previous
Amid tough bargaining with the
Congress for seat sharing in the next month`s Assembly
elections, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Sunday night said he would not like the alliance to break up for the sake of a few seats.
Amid reports that the NCP may settle for a few less seats than it contested in the 2004 Maharashtra Assembly elections, a senior leader of the Pawar-led party on Sunday said it would
favour the same seat sharing formula.