NCP-Congress Agrees To Con­test Equal Seats Each In 2019

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The Congress has ac­ceded to the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party’s (NCP) de­mands for an equal num­ber of Lok Sabha (LS) seats in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Both par­ties will con­test 24 seats each in the com­ing elec­tions. Ear­lier, the for­mula was 26 for Congress and 22 for NCP. Now, both will ac­com­mo­date smaller par­ties from their quota.

As talks over an al­liance be­tween Congress and NCP started, the lat­ter party de­manded an equal num­ber of seats. In 2014, both par­ties con­tested the LS elec­tions to­gether and at the time the NCP had con­tested 21 seats whereas Congress had con­tested 26 seats. One seat out of Ma­ha­rash­tra’s 48 was left for a smaller al­liance part­ner. The NCP won four seats while the Congress man­aged to bag only two. This time, NCP made the ar­gu­ment that since it had won more seats than the Congress, it should have an equal num­ber of seats this time around.

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