Citing party sources, a news agency suggested that the Sharad Pawar will contest the upcoming elections from the Madha constituency of which an official announcement is expected to be released soon. Pawar is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra.
In 2012, Sharad Pawar had announced that he would not contest 2014 elections in order to make way for the youth leadership, following which he was elected as the member of Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra where he assumed office on 3 April 2014.
During the general elections of 2014, the Congress party had contested on 26 seats while NCP contested 21 seats and remaining one seat was given to smaller alliance partners. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, NCP won four seats out of 21 while Congress could manage to win only two seats out of 26. Referring to the previous election’s performance, NCP had demanded to be given equal number of seats to contest during earlier talks over alliance between Congress and NCP.
According to the reports, the alliance could be announced around February 20.
Earlier on Tuesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had announced the division of Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha constituencies between UP East and UP West. According to the release Priyanka Gandhi got the responsibility of 41 seats, while Jyotiraditya Scindia was entrusted with 39 seats.