Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019

Prithviraj Chavan announces Congress-NCP seat sharing for Maharashtra elections

Congress and NCP to fight from 123 and 125 seats each in Maharashtra assembly election 2019 and 41 seats will be left for allies


Mumbai | Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday announced that Congress and NCP will contest 123 – 125 seats each. He also said they will leave 41 constituencies for smallest allies in the upcoming elections.

He added that seat may be based on consensus between the two major opposition parties.

“Talks are going on with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (of Prakash Ambedkar), Swabhimani shetkari Sangathan and Samajwadi Party. If Alliance talks work out, 41 seats would be allotted to smaller allies”, said Chavan.

Chavan, however, said that VBA Prakash Ambedkar demanded that Congress party should not tie-up with NCP and that is not acceptable for there Party.

Chavan accused the ruling dispensation of misusing power to finish off the Opposition, after several leaders jumped to the saffron party.

Political Parties are at the heart of parliamentary democracy but now this is under threat. There is an attempt to take the country towards one-party the rule which the country experienced during emergency time, he said.

Against the backdrop of the arrest of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and Senior Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivkumar, Chavan said the BJP was trying to terrorize opposition leaders to forced them to join the party.

Chavan also spoke about the induction of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Jaydutta Kshirsagar, and Avinash Mahatekar into the Fadnavis cabinet.

“91st Constitutional Amendment, made during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 2003, had clarified that even if an MLA quits the Assembly and join another party, he cannot be made a minister”, he argued.

“We have filed a petition in High court challenging the appointment of three such ministers. The judgment is likely on 11 September 2019”, he said.

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