CONGRESS TO FIGHT ON ITS OWN, NO AL­LIANCE WITH NCP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMB­AI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Quelling ru­mours of any pos­si­ble al­liance be­tween the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party and the Congress, the city unit of Congress an­nounced on Satur­day that it would con­test the Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion elec­tions on its own.

The Congress had only 13 seats in the NMMC as against 55 of NCP in the 2010 civic elec­tions.

The de­ci­sion to con­test the NMMC polls on its own was t aken fol­low­ing a meet­ing called by Ma­ha­rash­tra Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee chief Ashok Cha­van on Fri­day to dis­cuss with party work­ers strat­egy for the civic body elec­tions and list of prospec­tive can­di­dates.

Ac­cord­ing to party’s dis­trict unit pres­i­dent Dashrath Bha­gat said, “There was no dis­cus­sion on an al­liance with the NCP dur­ing the meet­ing with our state chief.”

He added, “The work­ers have de­manded that the party con­test all 111 seats in NMMC elec­tions on its own. Con­sid­er­ing the work­ers’ de­mand, the party has de­cided to field can­di­dates in all the wards.”

He said that the MPCC chief had dis­cussed the strat­egy for the NMMC polls and names of prospec­tive can­di­dates for the civic body polls with the party work­ers at the meet­ing.

He said this was the first round of dis­cus­sion on NMMC polls. The list of can­di­dates will be fi­nalised in the last round of dis­cus­sions, he added. Bha­gat said Cha­van will ad­dress rally in the poll bound city on April 18.

Among those present in the meet­ing were party’s in-charge for NMMC elec­tions and for­mer min­is­ter Ramesh Bagwe, chair­per­son of women wing of the party Ka­mal Vyavhare, pres­i­dent of Youth Congress Vish­va­jit Kadam, woman leader Ch­hay­atai Aj­gaonkar, mi­nor­ity cell leader Mush­taq An­tu­lay, pres­i­dent of Seva Dal , Chan­drakant Dayma and f or mer de puty mayor Ra­makant Mha­tre.

NCP leader Ganesh Naik had ear­lier said that an al­liance with the Congress will not help the NCP. The two par­ties had been at log­ger­heads in the city even when they shared power at the Cen­tre and State.

THE DE­CI­SION WAS TAKEN AF­TER A MEET CALLED BY STATE PRADESH CONG COM­MIT­TEE CHIEF ASHOK CHA­VAN.

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