Pawar takes stock of NCP performance in Local poll
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Last Updated: Friday, March 09, 2012, 21:20
Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday took stock of his party's performance in recently held local bodies polls in Maharashtra.

The union agriculture minister held a closed-door meeting at the NCP office here with the elected representatives, ministers and office-bearers from eight districts of western, northern and Konkan regions, sources said.

We did not perform well in Thane, Jalna, Hingoli, Gadchiroli, Amravati, Kolhapur, Osmanabad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg zilla Parishads, they said.

NCP faced reverses in some of the municipal corporations and panchayat samitis, polls for which were held last month.

"We faced reverses in polls to Pune, Nashik, Mumbai, Amravati, Akola and Nagpur municipal corporations," sources said.

The NCP-Congress alliance lost to the Shiv Sena-BJP combine in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election.

"The decision to authorise local leaders to distribute tickets was cited as one of the reasons where the party did not do well as expected. Similarly, some leaders complained that alliance with Congress in municipal corporations did not help," sources said.

In Sindhudurg, Congress led by industries minister Narayan Rane saw its percentage of votes declining but managed to retain control of the Zilla Parishad.

Congress bagged Malvan, Devgad, Kankavli, Vaibhavwadi panchayat samitis while NCP won Dodamarg, Sawantwadi, Vengurla and Kudal in Konkan.

Pawar also discussed the post-poll alliances in Zilla Parishads for electing president and vice president. Congress and NCP had contested the elections separately.

"Congress and NCP have decided to support each other in Zilla Parishads for president and vice president elections and appointment of various committees," NCP sources said.


First Published: Friday, March 09, 2012, 21:20

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