Battle for Maharashtra: Pawar Screens NCP Ticket Aspirants

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Friday chaired a meeting of the party parliamentary board to screen applicants for the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections, scheduled for October 13.

Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, state party unit chief RR Patil and a battery of senior party leaders attended the day-long closed-door meeting held at the party office in South Mumbai.

Speaking to the media party spokesman Madan Bafna said Union Agriculture Minister Pawar also held consultations with district unit chiefs and other local leaders to assess the political situation in the region.

The party is already reported to have interviewed some 3066 ticket aspirants. The deliberations in Friday, according to Bafna, focused on the newly created constituencies and the sitting MLAs whose assembly seats have been either altered or dissolved during the recent delimitation exercise.

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