NCP to field new candidates for Assembly election

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 2 June 2019

“Prime Minister Modi changed the strategy of the campaign and focused on non-issues to raise the issue of nationalism and appealed to the sentiments of the people. He never talks about the unemployment rate, farmers’ issues and other problems,” he said. 

Mumbai:  The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to change its strategy for the forthcoming Assembly election. The party is planning to field new and young candidates for the Assembly election.
 
NCP President Sharad Pawar held an important meeting of party leaders to discuss the Lok Sabha poll results and to finalise their future strategy, at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, in Mumbai on Saturday.

Pawar said that the party workers should forget the Lok Sabha election and concentrate on the Assembly election. 
According to sources, the setback the party received in the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra, has forced the party to re-think its strategy. 

Apart from reviewing the party’s performance, Pawar discussed the possible changes in the organisation. The party will be investing more in young and fresh faces in the state. There are likely to be organisational changes in the party as well, said a leader on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the NCP decided to demand more seats than Congress in alliance with Congress for the Assembly poll as the NCP won more seats than Congress in the Lok Sabha poll. The party leaders denied any possibility of a possible merger between two parties.

“Only 100 days are remaining for the Assembly election. During these days, the party workers have to reach out to the people and tell them what we have done in the last 15 years,” said Pawar. 

 “All secular parties have to come together to counter the communal parties, this is need of the day,” he said. 

“Prime Minister Modi changed the strategy of the campaign and focused on non-issues to raise the issue of nationalism and appealed to the sentiments of the people. He never talks about the unemployment rate, farmers’ issues and other problems,” he said. 

“There is a suspicious atmosphere in the nation regarding the election procedure, but no one is talking about it openly. Hence, NCP workers have to be cautious during the Assembly election,” he said.  “We accepted defeat in Lok Sabha elections, but people think and vote differently in ZP, panchayat samiti or even Assembly elections. So don’t be demoralised and continue working,” he said. 

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