With slim chances of an alliance between old partners, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), for the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the Sharad Pawar-led party has started preparations to contest the polls solo.
Sachin Ahir, Mumbai NCP chief, said on Thursday that the city wing of the party was not in favour of the alliance and conveyed this to Pawar recently.The party has planned a series of rallies and public meetings from December 20, the first of which, ‘Parivartan Rally’ will be held on November 20. Pawar will attend the rally, said Ahir.
”We will organise 36 public meetings and a few rallies till the first week of December. The first rally will be organised on November 20 at Ghatkopar, which will be attended by the party chief and other senior leaders,” said the NCP Mumbai president.
A few days ago, Sanjay Nirupam, city Congress chief expressed his reluctance for an alliance with the NCP. He said the city wing of the party felt that the alliance would not foster growth.
Ahir said they started solo preparations instead of waiting and discussing probable alliances. “Going solo will help strengthen the party’s roots in the city,” said Ahir.
The party distributed 437 nomination forms to aspiring candidates, he added. Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said they will not form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Muslim League.