Congress, NCP unlikely to ally for civic polls in Maharashtra
This is likely to affect both parties negatively as both have a strong presence in the municipal councils that govern small towns.mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2016 00:13 IST
Even as the saffron allies decided to go in for a tie up for the upcoming 212 municipal council polls, the opposition parties — Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — are unlikely to go in for an alliance.
This is likely to affect both parties negatively as both have a strong presence in the municipal councils that govern small towns.
Congress leaders said that they had authorised district units to take a call, while the NCP said that they were willing to form an alliance, only if the Congress came forward for talks. This ego tussle may now cost the parties with the saffron allies contesting elections together, which will better their chances.
The decision was taken after leaders from the BJP and the Sena, post ground level assessment, came to a conclusion that an alliance was the only way to gain power in majority of the municipal councils, scheduled in four phases from November to January.
“We don’t feel it right to reconsider the decision as the local units are in a better position to take the call,” said a senior leader who did not wish to be named.
“Why is it that the NCP needs to think about the possible loss for both itself and the Congress in view of he BJP-Sena alliance?’’ Sunil Tatkare asked adding that if the Congress came up with such a proposal, they were ready to form an alliance.
Most of the municipal councils and zilla parishads of the state are under the control of the Congress and the NCP, while in terms of the number of seats, the Sena and the BJP stand in the third and fourth position, respectively.