Cong-NCP form alliance in Nagpur for civic polls

Congress and NCP have forged an alliance ahead of the February 16 election of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, vowing to dethrone the ruling BJP.

Updated: Jan 19, 2012, 18:10 PM IST

Nagpur: Congress and NCP have forged an
alliance ahead of the February 16 election of Nagpur Municipal
Corporation, vowing to dethrone the ruling BJP.
The tie-up of Congress and NCP, coalition partners at the
state level, was finalised last night in Mumbai in the
presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, state Congress chief
Manikrao Thakre, NCP state president Madhukar Pichad, minister
Anil Deshmukh and Congress MP from Nagpur Vilas Muttemwar.

Muttemwar and Deshmukh today announced the tie-up saying
that BJP`s misrule had only added to woes of the city. A
larger alliance with like-minded parties such as RPI and local
political outfit Lokmanch would be announced soon, they said.
Muttemwar said RPI factions led by Prakash Ambedkar
(Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh), Jogendra Kawade (Peoples`
Republican Party) and Upendra Shende would be joining the
larger alliance.

Of the 145 seats of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, NCP
will get 29 and Congress the remaining seats after allotting
few seats to RPI and Lokmanch, Muttemwar said.

Congress would start conducting interviews of the ticket-
aspirants from tomorrow. NCP has already conducted interviews.

PTI