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Parties wait for Friday to chart Maharashtra polls strategy

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 7:00am IST | Agency: dna

Political parties are desperately waiting for May 16, when the results of the Lok Sabha elections will declared, to chart their strategy for the Assembly polls scheduled to be held in October.

Despite claims of 100 per cent victory by Congress candidates, senior party functionaries are far from being complacent. "This time, the fights were mainly three-cornered and no one can be sure of his/her victory. We had asked reports from our all 26 candidates, but most of them gave absurd calculations to support their claims."

The senior leader said that the party would like to adopt a pragmatic approach and wait till May 16.

The NCP also held a meeting of Lok Sabha candidates and senior party leaders on May 10. "Each of the candidates claimed a victory margin of over 50,000. Such was their confidence, it even surprised Pawar saheb," said a senior NCP functionary. However, the party doesn't mind waiting for a few days before chalking out strategy for October polls, he said.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said they have already started preparing for the Assembly elections. "But May 16 will throw more clarity and will help us take decisive steps," he said. The leader alleged that rival parties had used social media to malign Congress leaders during the Lok Sabha elections. "Now, we have to put up a counter strategy besides improving our communication channels," said Sawant.

Political observers said in case of a BJP government, its ally Shiv Sena will get an upper hand. If the results go in favour of a third front or UPA, it will be a boost for the Congress-NCP alliance. An observer said, " All calculations will change after May 16. So it is better to wait for the D-day rather than working in confusion."

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