CONGRESS TO FIGHT ON ITS OWN, NO ALLIANCE WITH NCP
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.