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NCP ministers to take part in New York conclave

Five Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ministers will fly to New York this weekend to take part in the party’s first international conclave to be held in the Big Apple.

mumbai Updated: Sep 02, 2010 01:36 IST

Five Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ministers will fly to New York this weekend to take part in the party’s first international conclave to be held in the Big Apple.

Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar, Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil, Food and Civil Supplies minister Anil Deshmukh and Medical education minister Vijay Gavit will join other NCP leaders such as Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, NCP Member of Parliament Agatha Sangma in New York for the conclave.

The NCP decided to go global after its Non Resident Indians office bearers in the Unites States and Canada (NRI) invited chief Sharad Pawar to hold fort for supporters abroad.

"NCP has hundreds of followers among Indian diaspora especially in the US and Canada. It was decided last year to hold a conclave here to get more following and good will for the party. Around 500 to 700 supporters are expected to attend the conclave," said party spokesperson Madan Bafna.

Raj Sharma, president of the North American Unit of the NCP requested for a conclave here pointing out that while both Congress and the BJP had well established NRI following, NCP was yet to make its presence felt strongly. “Only five senior ministers are going from Maharashtra,” said state party president Madhukar Pichad.

Party sources said that even if the NCP does not contest elections abroad, the goodwill of NRIs will go a long way to promote the party. At the conclave, the party ambassadors will discuss the party's ideology and focus in the coming years.