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Congress urges Maharashtra CM to reconsider 3-ward system

03:06 AM Sep 25, 2021 | Sanjay Jog

Mumbai: The Congress, which is sharing power with Shiv Sena and NCP, on Friday stepped up its campaign against the state cabinet’s decision for a three ward system for the upcoming municipal corporation elections except for BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation. State unit president Nana Patole claimed that Congress is opposed to a three ward system as it will insist on a two ward system. Patole said a large number of party workers are of the strong view that it should be a two ward system. The party has passed a resolution at the meeting chaired by Patole with newly appointed members of the state executive.

Patole said even the NCP had made a strong case for a two ward system while few others including some Shiv Sena members at the cabinet wanted a four ward system. "However, as a middle path, the cabinet has approved a three ward system for upcoming civic polls except for BMC. However, Congress has urged the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to reconsider the decision,’’ he added.

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A senior Congress legislator claimed that several party leaders and workers have clearly argued that the three ward system will benefit BJP and the government should change to a two ward system.

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‘’The BJP could consolidate its presence in civic bodies during its rule due to a multiple ward system compared with Congress and NCP. The two ward system will help avoid cross-voting and parties would be able to effectively focus on poll management,’’ he noted.

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