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Maha BJP open to `friendly fights` with Sena, RPI

Elections to 195 Municipal Councils, 27 Zilla Parishads, 309 Panchayat Samitis and 10 Municipal Corporations will be held between November and March 2012.



Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP on Friday said it was open to "friendly fights" with partners Shiv Sena and RPI if an alliance between them did not materialise at the district level for the upcoming local body elections in the state.

Addressing a press conference, State BJP president Sudhir Mungantiwar said the party`s executive committee, which met here, has authorised "friendly fights" if problems arise at the local level over alliance and seat adjustments.

"The decision will be taken at the local level in consultation with the state leadership. However, the party will not align with anybody else other than Shiv Sena and RPI," he said.

Elections to 195 Municipal Councils, 27 Zilla Parishads, 309 Panchayat Samitis and 10 Municipal Corporations will be held between November and March 2012.

At the executive committee meeting held today, all district unit leaders felt that there would no problems in finalising the alliance, Mungantiwar said.

He said the state unit has organised a "Ighar chalo, gaon chalo" (reach out to people) movement from October 8 to 22. Under it, the main Opposition party plans to reach out to one crore people in the state with a list of 100 charges of "non-performance" against the Congress-NCP Government.

"We will request the people to sign an affidavit that they will never vote for the Congress and NCP," he said.

Meetings of the party`s women`s wing will be held in 195 Municipal Council areas between October 15 and November 15 in view of the 50 percent reservation for women in local bodies. In April, the legislature cleared 50 percent quota
for women, up from 33 percent earlier.

PTI

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