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Maharashtra Assembly polls: NCP keen on alliance with Prakash Ambedkar's VBA, says Ajit Pawar

The Congress-NCP alliance as well as the VBA had suffered losses in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as there was no alliance between the two sides

September 23, 2019 / 11:02 AM IST

Former deputy chief minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has said his party would like to forge an alliance with Prakash Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) for the Maharashtra Assembly elections.

Maharashtra, along with Haryana will head for voting on October 21. Counting of votes in both states will happen on October 24.

The VBA contested the Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year independently. As a result, the Congress-NCP alliance and the VBA suffered losses, Pawar said.

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"We are (now) trying to bring together like-minded people. We would also like to have an alliance with VBA," Pawar said at a gathering on September 22 evening.

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The former state deputy chief minister said out of the total eight Assembly seats in Pune city, the NCP will contest four and the Congress-three.

Discussion is on for the remaining one seat and there is a possibility that it may be given to another ally, he said.

Pawar said many NCP activists are keen on contesting the Assembly polls, "but we can give tickets only to a limited number of aspirants".

Notably, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the VBA, snapped ties with the Prakash Ambedkar-led outfit earlier this month.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar last week said his party and the Congress will contest 125 seats each out of the total 288 in the Assembly polls, scheduled to be held in a single phase on October 21.

As per the arrangement, 38 seats will be left for other allies to contest, he said, adding that the NCP will give chance to "new faces" in the polls.

(With inputs from PTI)
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