Congress discusses plan to go solo in Mumbai civic polls | Bombay News
On Friday, the congressional unit in Mumbai discussed its strategy for the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections with All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and Maharashtra official HK Patil. Patil is on a four-day tour of Mumbai meeting with key leaders from Maharashtra and Mumbai.
Mumbai Party Unity Leader Ashok Jagtap and other leaders held a meeting with Patil on Friday evening and discussed plans related to the elections. âHe reviewed the performance of the Mumbai unit and the achievement of goals set over the past three months. The ACEC has given us the civic survey program and the review of its implementation is done every three months. Our leaders in Mumbai informed him of the programs undertaken since April. We also discussed the plan for the BMC elections which should be held early next year, âsaid a party leader.
Another executive said Jagtap had held three meetings with Patil in the past three days and discussed various matters with him. âWe have already announced that we will participate in the elections alone and have insisted on obtaining the approval of the party’s high command. The chief was informed of the reasons for the decision. He was also informed of the strategy developed for the campaign and the choice of the right candidates for the polls, âhe said.
Patil met with key state leaders and ministers of state on Thursday. He also had a one-on-one meeting with the main party leaders and the heads of the frontal organization.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole reiterated the party’s position and said he was complementing the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on their plan to join hands in the next ballots by local bodies and the Assembly. âWe have already announced to go solo in the next elections and we are firm on this. If the Sena and the NCP want to fight them together, we complement them, âhe said.
Charan Singh Sapra, current president of the Mumbai Congress, said: âWe have informed Patil Saheb of the respect of the target set by the AICC. We also reiterated our stance of going solo in the BMC polls, in which he said the party high command would support the sentiments of the Mumbai rulers. Going solo will help the party expand our base in Mumbai by giving fair opportunities to workers who have worked hard for five years. Second, it will also help us not to carry the anti-functioning baggage of the Shiv Sena which has been in power for over 25 years.
Patole’s announcement to become independent sparked a strong reaction from his two ruling allies. The NCP mocked Patole saying that it was okay to dream of becoming chief minister. Sanjay Raut de Sena had said that if Congress decides to go it alone, the other two ruling parties will have to come together in the interests of the state.
State and city units of Congress celebrate party leader Rahul Gandhi’s birthday as Sankalp Divas. The former minister and deputy of the Sunil Deshmukh party is expected to join the party on Saturday in the presence of the main party leaders.