NCP senior leader and former union minister Praful Patel today confirmed the seat sharing understanding between Congress and their party in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha election. He said that both of they have agreed to contest 40 seats together, leaving remaining 8 seats for possible alliances with smaller parties.
“We have decided that NCP and Congress will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections together on 40 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. However, a decision is yet to be taken for the remaining 8 Lok Sabha seats of the state,” said Patel.
At 48, Maharashtra has the second most number of Lok Sabha constituencies in the country after Uttar Pradesh’s 80. He said that the NCP wanted to bring parties which believed in “BR Ambedkar’s ideology together.”
The NCP chief Sharad Pawar has been viewed as being critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, even boldly predicting at one point that Modi won’t be re-elected as the Prime Minister in the upcoming elections.
With Congress’ two and NCP’s four MPs, Maharashtra had only sent six MPs from both the parties in the 2014 general elections. On the other hand, the BJP’s tally stood at 23 and 18 members were elected from its NDA ally Shiv Sena.