Kolhapur, Jan 29: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, on Monday said that his party and their ally Congress have agreed on 44 Lok Sabha seats out of total 48 in the state and informed that a decision on the remaining four seats will be taken soon.
Talking to reporters here this evening after addressing a series of rallies as part of the party's 'Parivartan Yatra' (transformation rally), he said that the top leaders of both the parties including Ashok Chavan, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Manikrao Thakre, Jayant Patil, Dhananjay Munde have so far finalised 44 Lok Sabha seats and talks were ongoing for the remaining four seats, namely Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Jalna. The matter would be resolved very soon, he noted and attributed the delay in making public the decision to the demands of other like-minded parties who wanted to ally with the Congress-NCP, he said.
Mr Pawar further said that his party's 'Parivartan Yatra' and the Congress' 'Sampark Yatra' (public outreach campaign) have been taken out with the sole intention of defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government both at the Centre and in the state. Both the parties have taken out these rallies with approval from national presidents of both parties Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, he informed and said they were receiving good response from the people of the state.
"We will undertake a joint campaign ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections," he said. The NCP leader further said that after the defeat of BJP in five state assembly elections, all opposition parties were coming together to defeat the BJP-led government which had deceived the people by giving false assurances, he charged.
"Now the situation is changing rapidly in the country with many friends of BJP leaving the alliance," he said. When his reaction was sought on the Shiv Sena's alliance with BJP for upcoming elections in the state, Mr Pawar indicated that the Shiv Sena would ally with BJP in coming elections as it is the 'need of hour' for both the parties and referred to the state government's announcement of financial aid of Rs 100 crore for memorial of late Sena founder Bal Thackeray in Mumbai to prove his point.
State NCP president Jayant Patil, who was also present at the press meet, said that the 'Parivartan Yatra', which had started from Raigad on January 10 to highlight the failures of the BJP-led government, would conclude on February 23 at Pataki in Beed district. Earlier, both Mr Pawar and Mr Patil addressed a series of rallies at Kagal, Mudgal, Kolhapur city and Shirol, in which they severely criticised the BJP government for its failure on all fronts. (UNI)