Congress downplays NCP’s claim to Pune LS seat

Siddharth Gadkari
Friday, 13 April 2018

The Congress party has downplayed the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) claim that they would field their candidate in the Lok Sabha (LS) elections in Pune constituency, on Thursday. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Ashok Chavan said that NCP can make such claims, as there is no coalition between the two parties.

There is no coalition between the two parties, says Chavan

Pune: The Congress party has downplayed the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) claim that they would field their candidate in the Lok Sabha (LS) elections in Pune constituency, on Thursday. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Ashok Chavan said that NCP can make such claims, as there is no coalition between the two parties.

While speaking to Sakal Times, Chavan said, “There is no coalition between NCP and Congress party so far. Hence, NCP can claim to contest all 48 seats across the State in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. We can also say that we can field all candidates in the 48 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. However, it would merely be a statement. When it comes to discussions, we will take a decision at the right time.” 

On Wednesday, Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar had expressed his intention to field their candidates in Lok Sabha polls in Pune constituency during the ‘Halla Bol’ protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime.

In the rally, Pawar said, “NCP’s strength has increased in the city over the last few years. Now, we have decided to field our candidates in Pune Lok Sabha constituency as well as Khadakwasla State Assembly constituency. People are expressing disappointment with the BJP government.”

For the last three Lok Sabha elections, despite the NCP-Congress coalition, the Congress has kept the Pune seat for them. In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Congress lost its seat and BJP candidate Anil Shirole won in Pune constituency by defeating Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam. 

Now, NCP has taken the opportunity by announcing their candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha election as Congress doesn’t have a strong candidate in Pune seat. 

Pawar criticised the BJP government, alleging, “BJP has failed in Pune city. They don’t want good officers to run the administration. After BJP got a majority in the corporation, there are 5,000 new contractors enrolled in the corporation. They all are relatives of BJP corporators.” 

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