Sealing alliance with NCP soon: Chavan
Mumbai – The seat-sharing talks with the NCP for the municipal corporations and Zilla Parishads elections are in final stages and it would be announced in next one or two days, said MPCC president Ashok Chavan on Saturday. He was addressing the press conference after a meeting of state selection committee that met here at Tilak Bhavan on Saturday. The Congress leaders discussed the selection of candidates for the Thane, Ulhasnagar, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations. Chavan said that the Congress party wishes not to let the casteist parties take benefit of a rift in the secular votes and hence the local Congress units are being permitted to form alliances with the like-minded parties on a local level. The discussion for the alliance with NCP in Thane municipal corporation polls is almost over and it would be announced anytime soon, he added. Senior Congress leaders including former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Narayan Rane, Manikrao Thakre, Vilas Muttemwar, Naseem Khan, Madhukar Chavan, Vijay Wadettiwar, Charulata Tokas, M M Shaikh, Vishwajeet Kadam, spokespersons Sachin Sawant and Raju Waghmare and many others attended the meeting.