MPCC to test strength in local bodies polls before going alone
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 18:32
Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre on Monday stressed the need to approach the upcoming elections to local bodies and municipal corporations as a precursor to going alone in the future.

Addressing a meeting of District Congress Committee Chiefs (DCC), Thakre said grassroot workers and leaders should begin preparations to face the electorate in 27 zilla parishad and 10 municipal corporations including Mumbai slated to be held between September this year and March 2012.

According to him, if the party wins many Zilla Parishads and corporations and strengthens itself, Congress would be in a position to contest the assembly elections on its own.

"We have to work hard to ensure that our party is able to fight the elections on our own", he added.

AICC secretary Mohan Prakash said the state unit needs to galvanise itself in assembly constituencies held by the NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena.

Thakre said the Youth Congress membership drive had concluded last week enrolling 19.5 lakh members.

He also said the "Jan jagran abhiyaan" will be revived in a big way to connect with the masses.

Sources said DCC presidents complained about Congress Ministers not devoting adequate time to the organisational activities. Mohan Prakash said directives would be issued to Ministers in this regard, Sources added.


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 18:32

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