SP to contest 165 seats in Mumbai municipal polls
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Last Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012, 22:56
  
Mumbai: Samajwadi Party (SP) will contest 165 of the 227 seats in the ensuing elections for Mumbai Municipal Corporation, state party president Abu Azmi said.

"We have decided to contest 165 seats. We will not contest where our position is not strong," Azmi said.

Addressing a press conference here, he also said that his party would field candidates with 'clean image and those who follow the party ideology'.

The elections are scheduled to be held on February 16. Targeting Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, Azmi alleged that when it comes to elections, the MNS would field candidates even coming from north India.

"When they want to win elections, they come to north Indians. However, after the purpose is served, they are discarded," he criticised.

Azmi who is also an MLA said that he would be happy to listen Raj addressing election campaigns in Hindi.

"Hindi is our national language and therefore I would be happy to listen to him if he speaks in Hindi," he said.

Replying to a query whether Samajwadi Party would form an alliance with Congress he said, "Officially, I did not speak with the Congress leader."

On the alliance of Shiv Sena-BJP and Ramdas Athawale-led RPI he said that it would affect RPI. "It would be difficult for them to garner votes. Athawale cannot win those seats in Mumbai which we had left for them during the general elections in 2009."

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 22:56


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