Months ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections, NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Tuesday has met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence. It is learnt that both the leaders have discussed the seat-sharing arrangement between Congress and NCP for the upcoming Maharashtra elections which are due in later this year.
Both President Sonia Gandhi-led Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have made their minds on contesting the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly Elections together under a coalition. Both the parties also contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in an alliance.
According to the sources, Sharad Pawar has reportedly given a final shape to the seat-sharing arrangement between the Congress and NCP for the Maharashtra Assembly polls which are due to happen between October-November this year. The Election Commission is also expected to announce the poll dates soon. Moreover, a detailed discussion is said to continue for the next few days before the final tie-up plan is confirmed.
Over the past few weeks, the state leaders of Congress and NCP have met multiple times to discuss on the alliance. In the current Maharashtra assembly, Indian National Congress (INC) has the highest 36 seats in the opposition and Sharad Pawar led NCP has 32 seats.
Maharashtra elections that are due to happen in October-November this year will have BJP and Shiv Sena alliance contesting together. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party won one seat from the state and the National Congress Party (NCP) won four seats. Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have been in an alliance since 1999. However, the two parties parted ways during the Maharashtra 2014 assembly elections.
The fothcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls will also have Shiv Sena-BJP alliance contesting polls together. On Saturday, Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray while sahring a stage with PM Modi at an event in Mumbai said, "The saffron alliance is 'atal' (inevitable) and willreturn to power once again."
The upcoming Mharashtra Elections will also see Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray contesting the elections for the first time which makes him the first person from the Thackeray family to participate in the electoral politics.