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Congress-NCP Will Form Govt, Says Bhujbal

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday said Congress-NCP alliance would get the 'magic figure' to form the state government.  "We will get the magic figure to form the government. There may be difference

PTI [ Updated: October 22, 2009 11:58 IST ]
congress ncp will form govt says bhujbal
congress ncp will form govt says bhujbal

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday said Congress-NCP alliance would get the 'magic figure' to form the state government.  "We will get the magic figure to form the government. There may be difference of two-three seats, but with 21 rebels leading in the state it's not difficult to achieve the majority," Bhujbal told reporters in Mumbai. 

Expressing hope that the Congress-NCP combine would reach the magic figure of 145 seats, he said the ruling alliance was leading on 139 seats while the Shiv Sena-BJP was stuck at 100-seat mark.

On the performance of MNS in its first Assembly polls, Bhujbal said the party has not caused any trouble to the NCP.

"I was expecting the party to get 6 to 12 seats and the MNS is leading on almost the same number of seats," he said.

Asked about his suggestion to Congress to implement 50-50 formula for the post of Chief Minister, Bhujbal said "it was just a suggestion by me".

"I had said Congress practised the formula in Kashmir Assembly with PDP then why not here? However, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has made it clear that the party is not in the CM's race, so no controversy over the issue," he said.

On the possibility of changing portfolios, he said there was "no such proposal" before the ruling combine. PTI

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