New Delhi: Assembly elections in Maharashtra are likely to be announced in the next few weeks. Our Delhi is home to the People's Political Party. The main battle in the elections is between the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the Congress-NCP. Congress President Sania Gandhi has asked the state leaders to take an early decision on seat sharing. According to sources, the main screw of seat-sharing between the Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra is the "Swabhiman Party" for some smaller parties to decide the seats.
Sonia, who was elected as the interim president of the party on August 10 after Rahul Gandhi's resignation, was met by some leaders of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee in the past and talked about election preparedness in the state. A senior PCC leader who met Sonia said that Soniaji has said that we should be gearing up for the elections with full force. He has also spoken for early finalization of seat coordination, the launch of the election campaign and early selection of candidates. He said several rounds of talks have been held with the NCP after the formation of the new PCC, though seat sharing is yet to be finalized.
Not long ago, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said that 240 seats out of 288 assembly seats have been agreed between his party and the Congress for the Maharashtra assembly elections and the seat will be divided within a few days, though it has not been done so far. The Maharashtra Congress leader said that several rounds of meetings have been held and we have reached a consensus on most of the seats. It is expected that some of the seats which are stuck will also be decided. Like the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-Shiv Sena, as well as Prakash Ambedkar-led 'Deprived Bahujan Aghadi' (VBA), could pose a major challenge to the Congress-NCP alliance. In the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress suffered a severe setback.
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