Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee today announced its decision to support Independent candidates for the biennial legislative council elections from the Mumbai teachers` and graduates` constituencies.
The party will support sitting MLC Kapil Patil and Rajesh Teke for the teachers` and the graduates` constituencies, respectively.
When asked why it was endorsing the candidature of Patil, who is a supporter of Anna Hazare, Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said his party was not against the anti-graft crusader, but opposed the manner in which he was running the campaign against corruption.
"Patil has committed to the state Congress leadership of his support to the Congress policies and programmes," Sawant said.
He said the NCP was also backing Patil and Teke.
Similarly, the party is supporting Niranjan Davkhare of NCP for the Konkan graduates` seat.
Rajendra Lande has been fielded for the Nashik teachers` seat.
The election is scheduled for July 2.
Meanwhile, Congress, which had bagged maximum 26 seats in Bhiwandi-Nizampur municipal corporation, failed to get its mayor and deputy mayor elected in the poll, which took place this week.
Congress is in touch with Samajwadi Party, which has 16 corporators, NCP as well as local outfits to get its candidate elected as mayor.
However, Samajwadi Party and NCP joined hands with a local outfit led by Vilas Patil to oppose the Congress.
NCP also issued a whip asking its corporators to support Pratibha Patil, wife of Vilas Patil, leader of the local outfit for the post of mayor and Congress corporator Nuruddin Ansari as deputy mayor.