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Uddhav Gets Lion Share As Congress Cedes Majority Seats To UBT For LS Polls

| Updated: April 10, 2024 17:43

Maharashtra Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) announced its seat-sharing formula for the state’s 48 Lok Sabha seats, with the Congress ceding the pole position to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT).
While the Shiv Sena (UBT) gets the major chunk of 21 seats, the Congress will contest 17 and 10 seats go to the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, NCP (SP).
The arrangement suggested that the MVA allies factored in the challenges beyond the Lok Sabha elections counting day on June 4, especially the Maharashtra Assembly polls in October and the imminent civic polls in the state.
The Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state in five phases from April 19 to May 20.
Despite protests from within the party, the Congress will field its candidates on only two of the six MPs that India’s financial capital, Mumbai, sends to Parliament. The Congress gave up its claims on Sangli and Bhiwandi seats as well, which the Sena (UBT) and NCP (SP) will respectively contest.
Experts feel Congress’ sacrifice is a sign of the national party’s enlightened self-interest. The Congress lacks the wherewithal and the resources needed to fight a long-drawn electoral battle. In 2019, the Congress contested 25 seats, winning only one.
The Sena (UBT), on the other hand, is in a better shape to put up a stronger fight against Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena in the party’s strongholds in Mumbai, Konkan, and Thane. “Sena (UBT) lost the undivided Sena’s leaders to the Shinde group, but the party’s structures, the ‘shakhas’, remain with Uddhav Thackeray. Its getting the lion’s share of seats sends a message to its workers and supporters that the party remains fighting fit despite the setbacks of the past two years and will battle the Assembly and civic elections hard,” a political expert said.
Congress state unit chief Nana Patole defended the party’s decision as “large-hearted” to achieve the objective of defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “We took a step back, but did not surrender,” Patole said.
Pawar, Thackeray, and Patole announced the poll pact after weeks of hectic negotiations. Pawar and Thackeray also defended the seat-sharing formula, which they said was aimed at the larger objective of defeating the BJP. Given that Sena (UBT) lacks an electoral footprint across Maharashtra, the Congress is likely to reclaim its lead position in the alliance for the Maharashtra Assembly polls. Last week, the Congress expelled its former MP Sanjay Nirupam after he protested the party ceding seats to SS (UBT).
As part of the deal, the Shiv Sena (UBT) has got Jalgaon, Parbhani, Nashik, Palghar, Kalyan, Thane, Raigad, Maval, Osmanabad, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Buldhana, Hathkanangkale, Aurangabad, Shirdi, Sangli, Hingoli, Yavatmal-Washim, Mumbai South, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai North West, and Mumbai North East seats.
The Congress has got Nandurbar, Dhule, Akola, Amravati, Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondia, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Chandrapur, Nanded, Jalna, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai North, Pune, Latur, Solapur, Kolhapur and Ramtek seats. The NCP (SP) will contest Baramati, Shirur, Satara, Bhiwandi, Dindori, Madha, Raver, Wardhan, Ahmednagar South and Beed seats.

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