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Pawar seeks more Assembly seats for NCP in Maha

Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said his party should get more seats to contest in the Assembly elections in Maharashtra
Sharad PawarMumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said his party should get more seats to contest in the Assembly elections in Maharashtra as the position of ally Congress has weakened in the state, as evident from the Lok Sabha results.

“Last time, when we got less seats than Congress in Lok Sabha polls, they said they should get more Assembly seats to contest. We should remember it this time when we sit to discuss seat sharing,” he said.

“We should not lose time in finalising seat sharing with Congress and start preparations for Assembly polls,” Pawar said while addressing a meeting of party functionaries here.

“While finalising seat sharing we should remember that we have won more seats…our position has improved,” he said.

During the last Assembly polls in 2009, NCP had contested 114 seats compared to 174 by Congress in the 288 member House. In the recent Lok Sabha polls NCP won four and Congress two seats in the state.

Pawar also lamented that despite decisions like food security act it is a reality that we did not get the success we ought to have got.

There was a seven month delay in implementation of the scheme in Maharashtra, he said.

He also mentioned decisions like Rajiv Gandhi Health scheme and provision of low interest loans which failed to enthuse voters.

“We will have to go into the causes. We have to go to people. We have to avoid vulgar display of wealth. We have to foster commitment to people afresh,” he said.

After June 15, party leaders should go to districts and hold rallies and meetings with various strata of the society, he said.

We have to take certain long term steps. We have to plan effective ways to celebrate Babasaheb Ambedkar 125th birth anniversary

“Social reformer Shahu Maharaj said the government has to be for the people. We have to commemorate the deeds of such great people. If development does not have social integration aspect to it lacks something,” he said.

“The polls have showed that some sections have gone away from us. For example traders were annoyed with LBT (local body tax). The other was issue of Maratha reservations. Effort should be made to implement this without affecting quota for others,” he said.

PTI

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