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Cong-NCP seat-sharing stalemate continues
February 28, 2009 04:07 IST
Last Updated: February 28, 2009 04:08 IST
The ongoing stalemate over the seat-sharing formula between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, the ruling coalition partners in Maharashtra, continued with both the parties deciding to meet again on March 2.
The coalition leaders met in Mumbai [Images] on Friday night in the backdrop of stalemate over the seat-sharing formula and reports about growing proximity between the NCP and the Shiv Sena.
The NCP is firm on its demand for 24 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats while the Congress wants to stick to the 2004 formula where the Congress had contested on 27 seats and NCP on 21 in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing media-persons after an hour-long meeting, state Congress president Manikrao Thakre said the two sides foccussed on constituency-wise discussions and the contentious issue of the formula did not come up during the deliberation.
Talks revolved around constituencies in north Maharashtra. "We could finalise some constituencies but the talks remained inconclusive because of the paucity of time," Thakre said adding that the next meeting will be held on March 2 at 'Varsha', Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's [Images] official residence.
Asked about the critical editorial against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi [Images] in NCP's mouth-piece Rashtrawadi, Thakre said the issue did not figure in today's meeting and added that the party wished to close the chapter as the Sharad Pawar-led outfit has disowned the editorial.