Cong, Sena (UBT) and NCP (SP) to jointly contest Maharashtra polls: Pawar

The former Maharashtra chief minister said talks on seat-sharing in the state have not begun, but will commence soon.

The people gave a good response to the NCP (SP), Shiv Sena (UBT) and Congress in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, he noted.

“But like these three parties, the Left parties, Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) were also a part of the coalition but we could not give them seats in the Lok Sabha. It is our moral responsibility to protect the interests of these parties,” he said. “So the efforts will be to go ahead with them (in the state assembly polls).”

Asked about the state budget presented on Friday by the Eknath Shinde government, the NCP (SP) chief said, “What happens if you go with an empty pocket in a market? It’s a matter of a few days, reality will be seen soon.”

A monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 to women in the 21 to 60 age group, three free LPG cylinders a year for households, farmer-friendly steps and a stipend of Rs 10,000 per month to youths for skill training were highlights of the Maharashtra government’s budget for 2024-25 presented on Friday, four months ahead of the state polls.

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