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NCP-Cong ready for Pune Municipal poll battle

The ruling Congress and NCP have trained their guns on each other ahead of Pune's civic polls, reports Yogesh Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 16:38 IST

After having shared power for the past five years in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the ruling Congress and NCP ahead of civic polls, have turned their guns on each other.

While the NCP is targeting its past ally - Congress - forusing the "anti-incumbency factor" against the latter, the Congress is also wasting time in blaming NCP for its non-cooperation in the house over "developmental issues".

The NCP has in fact launched roadside shows named as "Pune Gele Khaddyat" (Pune gone into potholes), projecting poor state of roads in the city.

The party is taking all possible steps to exploit the criticism on the ruling party from various sections of the society during the monsoon for its inability to repair potholes laden roads of the city.

The line adopted by party is also reflected in NCP's manifesto, which read "We have seen people of Pune undergoing through various plights due to poor state of civic facilities.

Some mistakes might have been committed by us by supporting wrong leadership and wrong party (read Congress)".

Targeting the Congress, NCP leader and district guardian minister Ajit Pawar said that "we supported congress to keep away saffron alliance from the power.

However the attitude of Congress in the civic body about going alone without taking NCP into confidence resulted in poor state of affairs into many schemes including much publicised Bus Rapid Transit system".

On the other hand congress leaders are also spending all their energy in the campaign by launching scathing attack on the NCP. In rally to launch the party campaign, chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that since the congress did not have majority in the last elections, it had to take support of NCP.

"However after three years of period, the ally started taking different stands on each issue, thus creating hurdles in the development".

The chief minister criticised its alliance partner NCP for takingcredit for all the good work in the city.

Party MP Suresh Kalmadi who is spearheading a party campaign in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, too did not spare NCP leaders saying they have joined their hands with saffron brigade.

First Published: Jan 22, 2007 16:38 IST