day after the NCP inducted eight sitting independent legislators into its partyfold ahead of the state Assembly elections, the party is set to kickstart its first leg of campaign by holding a public rally at Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra Tuesday.
In a pre-election boost to the NCP, nine independent legislators, including a minister, on Monday joined the party which said it was firm on contesting 144 out of the total 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra going to the polls next month.
The Congress-NCP alliance in Gujarat seemed to have crumbled with Sharad Pawar-led party announcing probable candidates for by-polls at two Assembly constituencies, and the candidate for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, ahead of the Congress.
With the continuity of alliance between JD(U), RJD and Congress beyond the Assembly by-elections hotly debated, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said it would make a long journey and the Bihar experience would serve as an example for others to follow.
Amid an ongoing tussle with long-time ally NCP on seat sharing, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday warned that his party Congress will contest on all seats if there is no consensus with Sharad Pawar`s faction.
A petition in Bombay High Court has sought action against NCP Chief Sharad Pawar for luring voters to take advantage of phased schedule in Lok Sabha polls which concluded recently and vote first in Satara on April 17 and then in Mumbai on April 24 by removing the indelible ink.