Cong backs Sena-BJP for by-polls
NCP VERSUS THE REST Opposition puts up independent candidate Madhumati Pal against NCP’s Sandhya Yadav
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