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Sharad Pawar hints at party meeting that NCP(SP) will not be content with reduced assembly seat allocation

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray. | Photo credit: PTI

A party leader quoted party supremo Sharad Pawar as saying that the party agreed to contest in fewer seats than its ally Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) during the Lok Sabha elections, but in Things will be different in the Assembly polls.

Pawar held two meetings in Pune on Friday, one with party workers from Pune city and district and another with the party’s MLAs and newly elected MLAs.

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Urban SP chief Prashant Jagtap, who was present at the first meeting, said Mr. Pawar had told the meeting that the party had fewer seats to contest in the Lok Sabha polls. , just to ensure that the alliance with the Shiv Sena (UBT) and the Congress remains intact.

“He said the situation in the Assembly polls will be different,” Mr Jagtap said.

He said the NCP (SP) chief also reviewed the situation in the assembly segments of Pune, Baramati, Mawar and Shirur Lok Sabha constituencies.

Party leaders attending the second meeting said Mr Pawar urged Congress and MLAs to prepare for the assembly elections.

Meanwhile, state Congress Party (SP) president Jayant Patil told reporters that the party is yet to decide how many seats it will seek in the MVA seat-sharing talks.

As for the candidates for the Baramati Assembly seat, currently represented by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, the rival NCP chief, Patil said the decision would be taken by the senior Pawar.

Replying to a question, another senior SP leader Anil Deshmukh said there are no “elder brothers and younger brothers” in the MVA. “All people are equal,” he said.

Deshmukh said MLAs from the Ajit Pawar-led faction were very nervous after the Lok Sabha election results were announced and some of them called Patil and other NCP (Socialist Party) leaders. “Let’s see what to do with them,” he added.

While the SP won 8 out of 10 Lok Sabha seats it contested, the Ajit Pawar-led faction won only 1 out of 4 seats it contested.

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