With an eye on Municipal elections, the Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has demanded 12 seats in the city and suburbs.
According to Asian Age, the NCP is not eyeing for Assembly elections but gearing up for civic body elections in 2022. The demand was put forth at a meeting held with leaders of various districts including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Navi Mumbai on Thursday at NCP Bhavan by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. But, this move by NCP may create a rift between Congress and NCP.
Mumbai NCP president Sachin Ahir told reporters at NCP Bhavan that the party would get at least two Assembly seats in every district in Mumbai. The issue had been discussed with senior party leaders in the meeting. The party would take up the issue with its alliance partner, Congress, reported Asian Age. Another leader told the leading daily that, the city NCP unit had demanded 12 seats to contest the elections. These were the same seats that had been contested by the Congress and lost twice in the Assembly elections.
The leader added that the party would assess the situation based on facts before deciding which seats it can contest. When asked, Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said Pawar will hold district-wise meetings with workers from different regions on Friday and Saturday. Next week, Pawar will meet workers on June 21 and June 23.