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Fight within grand alliance continues as Sharad Pawar’s NCP demands 50% of Maharashtra’s seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Congress losing its ray of hopes one after the other to form the Grand alliance, appearing to be true. India is now getting a clear picture of who actually would be forming the Government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. After a series of setback from BSP and Samajwadi Party, the setback for Congress repeats with The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The Congress dreaming of forming a victory alliance in Maharashtra, does not seem t be moving forward with its dream henceforth. In a major shocker for Congress, the NCP chief, Sharad Pawar, has demanded to contest 50% of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state from the Congress for the 2019 general elections.

According to sources, Sharad Pawar put forth this demand during his meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi on 11th of October. Pawar is said to have cited the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in which the Congress contested 27 seats while the NCP contested the remaining 21 seats in Maharashtra, out of which NCP won four and Congress managed to win only two seats as the BJP-Shiv Sena combine emerged victorious with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis being installed as Chief Minister.

It was just before a few days,i.e in the month of September that both the parties Congress and NCP were highly confident enough of forming an alliance in Maharashtra, but now seems like the dream to counter the BJP will remain a dream.

This tussle had come days after NCP chief Sharad Pawar declared that he will not contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. While he plans to give an opportunity to the young blood in the party, Pawar is working hard to get back power in Maharashtra and establish a prominent role for the NCP at the Centre.

According to sources, the meeting was also attended by top Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and NCP leader Praful Patel. Pawar, despite his advanced age, is playing an active role to form a united opposition against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Sources within the Congress have also said the party would not agree to such a demand put forth by the NCP. Congress will not let go off its upper hand bowing to the Grand alliance, this is what it believes in. Well this over confidence will end up with high level of disadvantage for the opposition and of course be a helper to bring back PM Narendra Modi in 2019.

Source: Republic World

Hindustantimes.com


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