Mumbai: Congress has set its sight on the
Maharashtra Legislative Council seat represented by the Thane
local self government bodies, the biennial election to which
will be held on May 28.
As a result, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which held
the seat for the last three terms, deferred the announcement
of its candidate. The party has written to the Congress
claiming the seat and sought the party`s support to get its
The NCP state parliamentary board met for the second time
today and was slated to announce the candidate`s name. But it
decided to postpone announcement of the same. The process of
filing of nominations begins tomorrow.
NCP spokesman Madan Bafna told PTI that the party has
decided to convey to its ally Congress that the Thane local
bodies seat in the Upper House of the State Legislature
belongs to the NCP and seek its support to get the candidate
"We are in alliance and this is a matter of procedure,"
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) General
Secretary Sanjay Dutt said the State unit had deputed
observers to discuss the elections with the local district
"The local unit asked the observers to convey to the
state leadership that the Congress should contest from this
seat," Dutt said adding that the party has not taken any
decision on this matter.
Even though the NCP has represented this seat for the
last few years, there have been several occasions, where NCP
took away seats which were held by the Congress, he said.
The sitting MLC from the Thane local bodies seat is
Vasant Davkhare, who is the deputy chairman of the Upper House
and has completed three terms. There are four NCP office
bearers who have sought a party ticket.