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NCP to hold rallies to pep-up partymen for Maharashtra Assembly polls

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 01:14

Mumbai: The NCP, which received a drubbing in the recent Lok Sabha elections, on Thursday said it is organising rallies across Maharashtra in order to "re-energise" party cadres ahead of the upcoming state Assembly polls.
"We are organising rallies and meetings with our party workers across Maharashtra to encourage them to work hard and win the Assembly elections once again for the fourth time," NCP state unit chief Sunil Tatkare told reporters here.

The Sharad Pawar-led party had organised a rally in this regard on July 1 at Palghar in Thane. Another rally is scheduled in Ahmednagar tomorrow and a similar one will be held in Kalyan-Dombivili area of Thane on July 5. A rally is also planned in Jalgaon on July 6.

The party will focus on reaching out to the masses by highlighting the achievements of the Congress-NCP government in the last 10 years, Tatkare said.

"We will be meeting party workers of all levels during our rallies and encourage them to whole-heartedly fight the Assembly elections. We will also take the party`s and the state government`s achievements to the people," he said.

"We will also be encouraging a healthy dialogue between our party workers to boost their morale and ensure that we strengthen our party roots," Tatkare said, adding that Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will be present at all rallies.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tatkare said people will now realise that the promises made by him during election rallies are hard to fulfil.

"Modi kept on saying that acche din aane waale hai. (Good days are about to come). But where are these good days? When will they come? After coming to power, the BJP has hiked fuel prices, rail fares have shot up as well. Even the prices of vegetables have gone up. People will now realise the truth behind the promises made by Modi during his election rallies," he said.

Replying to a query, Tatkare said the NCP will not take
things "lying down", if the present government takes wrong decisions.

"People say that the present government has had only a few weeks in power and that they should be given time to take decisions. But if the government takes wrong decisions, we will not sit quiet. We will agitate against the wrong decisions and make them correct their decisions," he said.

He also said that the Congress-NCP will fight the upcoming elections as one force and that there have been no talks of allying with BSP "till now."

"The Congress and the NCP will fight the elections together. But we will press for a 50-50 seat sharing when we hold talks with the Congress leaders. Whichever party gets more seats, will get to select the next CM of the state," he said.

When asked if the NCP would attribute the defeat of the UPA government in the recently held Lok Sabha elections to the Congress, Tatkare said he would not like to put blame on any party.

"One thing is clear. In people`s eyes, the BJP in the form of Modi put up a Prime Ministerial candidate, which the UPA did not. However, whatever our shortcomings maybe, we will introspect," he added.

First Published: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 01:14
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