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NCP gives in to Sena demand to continue 'Pune Pattern'

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 15:04 IST

Bowing to Sena's threat to withdraw from the 'Pune Pattern' an ideologically incongruous ruling alliance between secular NCP and the saffron brigade in the city's civic body the NCP has agreed to restore the powers of Pune Municipal Corporation's Standing Committee Chairman.

A decision by the NCP leader in the PMC house Anil Bhosale to strip Shyam Deshpande (Sena) of his powers to present an estimated Rs 3,000 crore civic budget as Standing Committee Chairman on December 27 had soured the relationship between the NCP single largest party in the PMC and the Shiv Sena-BJP combine, leading to the ultimatum by the Sena that ended last night.

Representatives of NCP, Shiv Sena and BJP met NCP minister Ajit Pawar at his chamber in Mantralaya in Mumbai on Tuesday light where the matter was resolved, a party spokesman said. It was Pawar who had given effect to the seemingly odd alliance creating a rift between the Congress and the NCP.

An intense rivalry between Ajit Pawar and local Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi is seen as the main reason for materialisation of the controversial Pune Pattern two years ago following a fractured verdict for the 144 member house.

The Congress which ruled the PMC traditionally was unseated as it came second (42) with NCP forging ahead to win 48 seats.

Pawar tied up with the Shiv Sena (25) and BJP to keep Congress away from a share in power and take credit for development of the city.