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NCP sets ‘field’ for Lok Sabha polls, meetings to start from January 5

Sharad Pawar

NCP, a UPA ally, had contested 22 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats from the state in last Parliamentary elections

Sharad PawarMumbai: Ahead of the Lok Sabha general elections set to be in May this year, the Nationalist Congress Party has started its preparations to face the Lok Sabha elections. Union Agriculture Minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar will be holding consultations with party leaders in Maharashtra from January 5.

Pawar will meet office bearers, senior leaders, ministers in all the constituencies on January 5 and 6 to take stock of the political situation in the state and the party’s preparedness in the 22 Lok Sabha constituencies.

NCP, a UPA ally, had contested 22 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats from the state in last Parliamentary elections. Alliance partner Congress has said that it favors the 29:19 seat sharing formula as NCP had fared badly in several of the 22 constituencies especially in Western Maharashtra.

However, NCP is adamant that it will contest on 22 seats and was open to swapping of few seats with the ally.

Pawar will hold deliberations with leaders from Jalgaon, Bhandara-Gondia, Amravati, Buldhana, Raver, Osmanabad, Beed, Hingoli, Parbhani, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Hatkanangale, Satara, Maadha, Mawal, Shirur, Mumbai North East, Thane , Kalyan, Baramati, Nashik and Dindori Lok Sabha constituencies.

PTI 

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