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Government cannot be formed in Maharashtra without NCP, says Sunil Tatkare

Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 2:10pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

  • NCP state president Sunil Tatkare

Taking a dig at its ally the Congress a day after Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar demanded 50-50 seat sharing from the Congress for the upcoming Assembly elections, the state president of the NCP said on Saturday that the government in the state cannot be formed without the NCP, and it should get more number of constituencies for the Vidhan Sabha.

Addressing party workers at the Nirdhar Melawa (party meeting) in Kalyan, NCP state president Sunil Tatkare said, "Internal differences should be left out and we should collectively work for the party welfare. For a better tomorrow, everyone should set aside negativity, and workers should give 90 days to the party, so that we can give them five years." 

NCP state president Sunil Tatkare addressing party workers at the Nirdhar Melawa at Kalyan on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Image credit: NCP Facebook page.

Building confidence among party workers, Pawar said, "Decision for meeting over seat sharing will be taken following the discussion with Congress state president Manikrao Thakre. Party workers should gear up to contest in all the 288 constituencies of Maharashtra. We will secure more number of seats, but we should be able to mark our victory. In 1999 Vidhan Sabha elections, the NCP was yet to be given out official symbol, it still managed to do well independently."

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Criticising the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance for its mismanagement which showed up during the first rains in Mumbai, Tatkare said, "Mumbai was almost submerged in the first rains; this shows the mismanagement in the governance at the municipal level. Those who cannot manage a municipal corporation, how can they handle the state governance? The state government has to be credited for the infrastructure facilities built in."

Senior NCP leader Ganesh Naik said, " Our leadership has the ability to take the party to victory from defeat, and NCP should contest all the 288 assembly constituencies independently."  

Advising workers not to bow down before anybody, Ajit Pawar said, "There are only a few respectable people in politics. Leaders should treat them and women with respect, as the same time do not lose the trust of people; otherwise you will face the same situation like the MNS in Nashik."

In the 2009 Assembly elections, the NCP had won 62 seats of 113 contested, while the Congress had won 82 seats of 170 contested seats.

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