VBA offers 50 per cent assembly seats to Congress

Earlier in July, Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA had offered only 44 assembly seats to Congress for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections

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Ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) has mounted its seat-sharing offer to Congress in order to form an alliance. Of the 288 assembly seats, VBA has agreed to allocate 144 seats for the upcoming assembly polls. VBA chief Prakash Ambedkar said that if Congress doesn't accept the offer, they will fight on 288 seats alone. 

Earlier in July, Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA had offered only 44 assembly seats to Congress. However, after Congress’ objection, VBA has reconsidered its offer and has agreed to share 50 per cent assembly seats. Maharashtra assembly elections are scheduled for October this year. 

During 2019 Lok Sabha elections, VBA affected the vote share of both Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Former Chief Ministers and senior Congress leaders – Ashok Chavan and Sushil Kumar Shinde – lost the polls from Nanded and Solapur, respectively, because of VBA candidates. 

The VBA and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) formed a pre-poll alliance and managed to win from Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency. AIMIM’s Imtiaz Jaleel was the only candidate to attain victory in LS polls while Prakash Ambedkar contested from Solapur and Akola but lost. 

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Congress and NCP are already contesting the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections in an alliance while their seat-sharing issue is yet to be resolved. 

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