NCP leaders plan Maharashtra tour to strengthen party roots

The Opposition is also ready to flag off fourth leg of sangharsh yatra. This is aimed at strengthening the party in case of a mid-term poll.

mumbai Updated: May 13, 2017 01:10 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
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NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare are about to embark on a four-month statewide tour to strengthen its part roots.(HT file photo)

NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare are about to embark on a four-month statewide tour to strengthen its party roots. During the tour — which will begin on June 11 and conclude on July 22 — the leaders will visit every district where the party has a foothold, meet all the leaders and workers, and ask them for suggestions to improve their party’s performance for the next polls.

This came amid speculations about the possibility of mid-term polls following political parties appeared to be in a rush to connect with the farmers and help to solve their problems.

While the opposition parties led by Congress and NCP carried out a ‘sangharsh yatra’ to express solidarity with farmers over their demand of loan waiver, the Shiv Sena launched ‘shiv sampark abhiyan’ to meet distressed farmers in Marathwada which sees the maximum number of farmer suicides. Now, to counter the Opposition’s campaign, BJP is ready to kick off its ‘samvad yatra’ from May 25 to spread awareness among the farmers about the ways in which the government has been trying to help them.

There are talks that the Sena’s decision to play hardball over approving Goods and Services Tax (GST) draft bill has irked the BJP top bosses in the state and they are now preparing for a possible early Assembly polls.

On Thursday, however, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls in the state saying that the BJP needed Sena for the presidential polls scheduled in July this year.

“Through this tour, we want to strengthen the organisation right from its roots keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections scheduled in 2019,” said Tatkare.

“We will hold meetings with district unit members in the morning, hold separate meetings with youth cells, women wing, minority cells etc in the afternoon and consult senior leaders for further action,” the state NCP chief told HT.

First Published: May 13, 2017 01:10 IST