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CM should be from NCP, Pawar to Sonia

October 17, 2004 13:42 IST

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday morning met and told Congress president Sonia Gandhi that the chief minister of Maharashtra should be from his party.

Also read: Sawal Maharashtra chief minister ka

With 71 seats, two more than the Congress, the NCP emerged as the single largest party in the assembly election.

"We are ready to show our figure. Our position is good," Pawar said after the meeting at Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi.

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Pawar said that he discussed the 1999 formula with the Congress president.

In 1999, the CM was chosen from the Congress because it had won more seats than the NCP.

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Asked about the Congress' claim that the three seats won by the Communist Party of India-Marxist, to which it had allotted five under the seat-sharing plan, should be added to its kitty, Pawar said that "we are prepared to discuss any methodology" and make a list of legislators supporting both the Congress and the NCP.

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Sub: Pawar-Sonia discuss CM issue

I totally agree with Mr Pawar. It is he who has provided the Votes for congress. But for him the congress would have gone withiut ...

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The chief minister should be from NCP as per accepted principle of more no. of seats won by the party.

Posted by vijay Junagade

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refer sonia not gandhi only indra gandhi was called as mrs gandhi that is worth please dont refer gandhi's residence .... etc, while referring ...

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