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NCP will part ways with Cong for civic elections

09:03 AM Jun 02, 2019 |

FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai

In an attempt to go it alone in the upcoming BMC polls and strategize its list of candidates top NCP leaders held a late night meeting on Wednes

day. Adding drama to the NCPalt39s strategy meet, the Congress on its part sent a letter to the NCP asking them to support the Congress in the BMC polls while the NCP is making plans to contest the polls alone.

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The NCP had convened a meeting of its coordination panel to discuss the partyalt39s prospects in the BMC polls and also decide on various issues like women candidates, reservation, delimitation and candidatesalt39 chances of winning seats.

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Top NCP leaders and ministers like Madhukar Pichad, Chhagan Bujbal, RR Patil, Narendra Verma, Sanjay Patil, Sachin Ahir amongst others, were part of the meeting.

The Congressalt39 letter of support was read out in the meeting while the Mumbai unit of the NCP demanded that the party go it alone in the BMC polls. The party also mulled the idea of not giving tickets to the wives or children of sitting corporators or those leaders whose seats were now reserved.

" We have received a letter from the Congress asking support in the upcoming BMC polls and other local body polls across the state but there is no mention of any alliance or tie up. So we understand that they want to go it alone in the polls and contest all 227 seats. We are not fools to help their candidates and we too will fight on our own strength in all the 227 seats," said a senior NCP leader reacting to the development.

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