Mumbai : The top leadership of NCP is supposed to meet here on Saturday to discuss the fate of the alliance after the Congress rejected its demand for equal seat-sharing in the upcoming assembly election.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told media persons here on Thursday that during the co-ordination committee meeting held on Wednesday night, NCP’s demand for equal share of the 288 assembly constituencies was rejected by the Congress leadership.
“The Congress leadership told our representatives that the demand was not possible to meet. We insisted that our side be heard before arriving at any conclusion as the party strength has increased. Now, NCP chief Sharad Pawar will take a call on the future course of action later this week,” Malik said.
“Pawar has convened a meeting of state leaders including deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and NCP state president Sunil Tatkare to discuss the future course of action. Senior leader Praful Patel will also be present. Congress’s refusal will be deliberated upon and also what to do next,” Malik added.
When the demand of contesting on 144 seats was raised at the meeting, “Even the Congress leaders presented their stand and it was decided that our leader Praful Patel will speak to Sharad Pawar, while AICC general secretary Mohan Prakash will discuss the Congress leadership and another meeting of the co-ordination committee would be convened,” state NCP Chief Sunil Tatkare said.
Tatkare also said that the re-induction of former MLA Ramesh Kadam into the party fold would enthuse party workers in the Konkan region.
Kadam had quit the party before general elections and had contested the Lok Sabha election as a Peasants and Workers Party candidate. Tatkare, however, refused to comment on Narayan Rane’s resignation, saying that it was an internal matter of the Congress party.
Meanwhile, when asked about the NCP’s stand, State Congress spokesperson Ratnakar Mahajan said both parties were in alliance at the state and at the Central level.