MUMBAI: The NCP on Friday threatened that it will break up from its ally the Congress if its demand to get half of the 288 Assembly seats is not met.
“We will think of alliance with the Cong only if they give us 144 seats. Otherwise, the workers should be ready to contest on all seats,” senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar said.
“In the 2009 elections we won lesser seats than the Cong so they gave us less seats in the last Assembly elections. Now, we have won more LS seats. So the seat sharing formula should be revised. I personally feel that all political parties in Maharashtra should contest the elections independently,” Pawar said.
The NCP contested 114 seats while the Congress contested 174 seats in the 2009 elections. Meanwhile, state Cong president Manikrao Thakare refused to comment on Ajit’s demand. “It is his personal views. If the NCP wants more seats they should submit an official proposal before us for that,” he said.