Reacting to the comments from the leaders of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the seat-sharing formula for the Lok Sabha polls, Home Minister R R Patil Sunday said such statements should stop coming from both parties and that the final call on the formula will be taken by senior leaders.
Patil was speaking to reporters after the concluding ceremony of the seventh All India Police Shooting Championship in Pune on Sunday. Patil was reacting to the recent comment by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that the seat-sharing formula of 26-22 for Congress and NCP, respectively, was not rigid. Some Congress leaders had also demanded the formula to be altered to 29-19.
On Saturday, NCP leader and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had said his party would ask for the same 26-22 distribution. When Patil was asked about the series of comments, he said: “We had to make a statement because statements came in from their (Congress’) side. I want to reiterate here that the final decision on seat sharing will be taken by the senior leaders of both parties. I feel these kind of statements should stop coming from both sides. We have to fight the communal forces together.”