Cong blames NCP for defeat in Maha legislative council polls

May 31, 2012, 03:38 IST | PTI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and state unit Congress president Manikrao Thakre today targeted NCP for the party's debacle in recently held legislative council elections, almost putting the Sharad Pawar-led party on notice.

"We decided to forget the past and fight the six legislative council polls from the local bodies’ constituencies with NCP. However our friends are not ready to give up their old habits. If this continues, we will have to chart out our future course of action," Thakre said at a party meeting in Tilak Bhavan here. 

Terming the Congress' defeats in Chandrapur and Amravati local bodies seats as a "very bad experience", Chavan said, "The party will take a decision on this very soon and would discuss the issue at the party level as well".

"Congress was in alliance with the NCP due to circumstances. If we want these circumstances to change, all party workers need to sink their own differences and work for strengthening the party at the grassroots," Thakre said.

He further said a "chintan baithak" will be organised soon to discuss the party's future political strategy. Thakre also said that meetings will be held at the district and taluka levels to motivate party workers and he will undertake a tour to this effect along with Chavan from August-September onwards.

Congress lost Chandrapur and Amravati local bodies seats in the biennial elections to legislative council held on May 25 for six seats altogether and could retain only the Latur local bodies seat in which Dilip Deshmukh, younger brother of union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, was re-elected for the third time.

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