Congress, Maharashtra Allies Agree Deal For 39 Seats, 9 To Go: Sources

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Congress, Maharashtra Allies Agree Deal For 39 Seats, Nine To Go: Sources


Congress, Maharashtra Allies Agree Deal For 39 Seats, Nine To Go: Sources

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (File).

Mumbai:

The Congress’ efforts to lock down seat-sharing offers for the overall election have taken one other step ahead, sources mentioned Friday, after talks with Maharashtra allies for 39 of the state’s 48 seats. 

This follows Rahul Gandhi’s outreach to Shiv Sena (UBT) boss Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar’s faction of the Nationalist Congress Social gathering. The social gathering already has a cope with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Social gathering for 17 of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 seats and one with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Social gathering for three of Delhi’s seven.

The Congress has additionally reached out to Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool to restart talks that fell by final month after the Bengal Chief Minister refused to budge from her provide – two of the state’s 42 seats.

Congress sources advised NDTV the social gathering had lowered its ask to 5 seats – however a Trinamool spokesperson performed that down, declaring “Even with binoculars we’re unable to discover a third seat for Congress”.

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Again in Maharashtra, the INDIA allies are understood to have variations over eight seats, together with two in Mumbai – South Central and North West – that the Sena (UBT) and Congress each need.

There’s additionally a delay over calls for by Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi boss Prakash Ambedkar, who needs 5 seats, sources have mentioned. Mr Ambedkar’s social gathering contested 47 seats within the 2019 election however did not win any. The VBA additionally contested 236 seats within the 2019 Meeting election and didn’t open its account.

The Sena (then undivided and allied with the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering) contested 23 Lok Sabha seats in 2019 and gained 18, together with Mumbai South Central and North West. The Congress contested 25 and solely gained Chandrapur, whereas Sharad Pawar’s NCP (additionally then undivided) fought from 19 seats and gained 4.

The BJP dominated that election, profitable 23 of the 25 seats it contested.

The Congress’ makes an attempt at sealing seat-share offers in Maharashtra – a key state because it sends probably the most MPs to the Decrease Home after UP – have been difficult by defections, most lately Ashok Chavan.

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The previous Chief Minister give up and joined the BJP, within the house of 48 hours, and is now a Rajya Sabha MP. That was after senior chief Milind Deora walked out and into Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Sena.

Sources have mentioned Mr Thackeray’s social gathering, conscious the Congress is on the back-foot, extra so given its current poor electoral document, needs a higher share of Lok Sabha seats from state capital Mumbai.

All events concerned, nevertheless, are eager to work out a deal, since they perceive the 2024 election is, in some ways, a battle for survival in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll-winning machine, the BJP.

Arrange in June, the bloc has already misplaced Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) – a founding member – and Jayant Chaudhary’s Rashtra Lok Dal, which has affect among the many Jat group in western UP. Each the JDU and the RLD have aligned with the BJP.

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