Cong backs Sena-BJP for by-polls

NCP VER­SUS THE REST Op­po­si­tion puts up in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Mad­hu­mati Pal against NCP’s Sand­hya Ya­dav

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AIROLI: It is go­ing to be Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party ( NCP) ver­sus the rest for the civic by-elec­tion on April 17, to be held for ward num­ber 6 of Ya­davna­gar.

NCP’s al­liance part­ner in the house, Congress has joined hands with the Shiv Sena-BJP com­bine to put up a com­mon can­di­date against the NCP nom­i­nee.

The op­po­si­tion has put up an i nde pen­dent can­di­date Mad­hu­mati Pal who will con­test against NCP’s Sand­hya Ya­dav. The ward is re­served for woman can­di­date.

Eight can­di­dates filed nom­i­na­tions on Tues­day for the by­elec­tion.

These in­clude two from the NCP ( one as back up), one of the BJP and five in­de­pen­dents. Mul­ti­ple nom­i­na­tions have been filed by the can­di­dates.

Speak­ing on the fight against the al­liance part­ner, Congress city pres­i­dent Dashrath Bha­gat said, “The res­i­dents of the area have been liv­ing un­der con­stant ter­ror of NCP work­ers for years. The lo­cal res­i­dents and var­i­ous so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions had ap­proached the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to rid them of this ter­ror and put up a com­mon can­di­date against the NCP.”

He said, “To en­sure se­cu­rity, peace and devel­op­ment of the res­i­dents, the Congress party has de­cided to sup­port the res­i­dents and join their fight against ter­ror in the area.”

Deny­ing t hat t he par t y had be­trayed the NCP or that the pol­icy had been vi­o­lated, Bha­gat said, “Our al­liance with NCP is only in the house and there too we have taken up is­sues that con­cern the com­mon man. We have no dik­tat from our se­nior lead­ers on al­liance out­side the house. We have ev­ery right to take up peo­ple’s is­sues and strengthen our party.”

Stated Shiv Sena op­posi- tion leader Vi­jay Chougule, “There is a need to stand united against the NCP which has been tak­ing the city to depths we never ex­pected. There is also a l ot of goonda­giri in Ya­davna­gar that needs to be rooted out.”

He added, “We de­cided on an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date so that there are no po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences and a strong mes­sage gets across. The NCP is in for a big shock.”

Mha­tre said, “A com­mon can­di­date will en­sure there is no split in the op­po­si­tion vote from which the NCP has of­ten ben­e­fit­ted. We will en­sure that the com­mon can­di­date wins by a hand­some mar­gin.”

She added, “The de­ci­sion to sup­port the in­de­pen­dent can­di­date has been taken af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with our seniors. Our ob­jec­tive is to en­sure the res­i­dents live with­out fear in the re­gion.”

TWO FROM THE NCP (ONE AS BACK UP), ONE OF THE BJP AND FIVE IN­DE­PEN­DENTS HAVE FILED NOM­I­NA­TION

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