Mumbai : Nationalist Congress Party announced on Thursday that applications are being invited from the aspirant candidates from all the 288 assembly segments of the state.

“We will start accepting the applications from August 11 and the process will continue till August 20,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told media.

On being asked whether this is a pressure tactic to get more seats from the alliance partner, Malik said, “We expect some seats will be exchanged when we finalise the seat-sharing agreement. We also hope to get more seats this time and we will also have to decide on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates. That is the reason why we have invited applications from aspirants in all assembly segments.”

Meanwhile, Nationalist Students Congress (NSC), the students’ wing of NCP, initiated a state-wide campaign Thursday ahead of the Assembly elections.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who launched the programme initiated by NSC president Nilesh Raut, said as part of the campaign, student activists of the outfit will reach masses and explain NCP’s stance on various issues.

“With this campaign, the young generation will become aware of the political situation in the state,” Pawar said.

“The objective of the campaign is to create political and social awareness among students,” Raut said. “We will cover around 1500 colleges in the state as part of the campaign,” he added.

“We will use street plays, flash mobs and poster exhibitions and corner meetings with students in the campaign,” Raut said.

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