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Pawar to meet state NCP leaders for LS candidate selection

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

has called a meeting of senior leaders of the party's unit Friday to discuss candidates for the next year's Lok Sabha elections.

"He is keen to finalise or at least shortlist the candidates as early as possible so that preparations for the polls can start," a said here Thursday.

"Seat-sharing talks with the are likely to be concluded soon. Except three or four seats which might be contentious, both parties know which seats they will contest," the leader said.

"We will have to give some seats to smaller allies. Out of 48 constituencies in Maharashtra, we (and NCP) should be able to declare candidates for 38 seats early on," the leader said.

The NCP has demanded that the two parties should contest equal number of seats in this time.

In 2014, the Pawar-led party had contested 21 seats in the state, winning four, while the contested 27 and won two seats.

State unit leaders of the Congress and NCP will also be meeting Friday evening to discuss poll preparations.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 19:15 IST