Pawar Claims Consensus With Congress on 40 Maharashtra LS Seats
The NCP has reached a consensus with Congress on 40 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra while talks are under way for eight other seats — falling in Aurangabad and Pune region — said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar during his visit to Aurangabad last fortnight. “Local party functionaries are seeking tickets citing poor show by the Congress Party in these constituencies. If the local functionaries of both Congress and NCP fails to make a consensus, me and Rahul Gandhi would step in to sort out issue of two-three seats in the region,” said Pawar. Hinting at the possibility of change of guard at the Centre in 2019, Pawar said that a coalition of regional parties would come into existence as an alternative to the BJP. To a question as to who would lead the alliance, he reiterated that it would be decided after the elections.