Congress gives a big blow to NCP in its own backyard

Jul 08, 2013, 23:53 IST | Ravikiran Deshmukh

Trounces the party, which ruled the Sangli civic body, by claiming 40 seats in 78-member municipal corporation

The results of Sangli Municipal Corporation came as shocker to the NCP, as the party had to bite dust in its stronghold at the hands of the Congress.

While the Congress trounced the NCP by claiming 40 seats in the 78-member civic body, Swabhimani Front comprising the BJP, Shiv Sena and other parties managed to win only eight seats. The NCP, which ruled the municipal corporation in the last term, had to contend with just 18 seats.

Jayant Patil
Power shift? During the election campaign, Manikrao Thakre had said that NCP leader Jayant Patil had met Sonia Gandhi twice, and had even expressed his desire to join the Congress. File Pics

The results would probably have a far reaching impact on the political moves of the partners in Democratic Front government, as the language used by the senior leaders of both the parties while campaigning had dropped to a new low. Besides, the election in this political sensitive city turned out as most controversial, as prominent parties relied on candidates with criminal background.

Manikrao Thakre

During the election campaign, MPCC Chief Manikrao Thakre had created a sensation claiming that NCP leader Jayant Patil had met AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi twice, and had even expressed his desire to join the Congress. However yesterday Thakre reiterated his statement. Upset by the language used by the NCP leaders, he said that the Congress would raise the issue during the coordination committee of two parties. The defeat in its stronghold forced NCP leaders to go into a shell. All that the party leaders said was that they have accepted the verdict of the people of Sangli.

War of words
Manikrao Thakre
NCP leader Jayant Patil has met Sonia Gandhi twice. However, I cannot disclose the details of the meeting in public.

Jayant Patil
I am not crazy to join the Congress. Had I been in Congress, I would have seen following Patangrao Kadam.

Ajit Pawar
>> On Manikrao Thakre: Even we can say that Thakre is going to join the NCP. He should first get elected by the people, because he always prefers a backdoor entry (through the state council). 

>> On Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam, who also hails from Sangli: He always makes tall claims, however he’ll find it difficult to answer the questions raised if details of his land grabbing is made public.

>> On Industry Minister Narayan Rane’s criticism that NCP gave tickets to criminals: There was one more member in the famous Hanya gang
of Chembur. You guess who was he?

Patangrao Kadam
Even if I have taken the government land, I have used it to set up education centres. These people have diverted the course of rivers to facilitate their spouse’s farmhouses.

R R Patil
Narayan Rane speaking about criminals is the biggest joke. Both of us sit together during the weekly cabinet meetings. I will have to cut my thigh every week, as I had said that I will cut a part of it if I’m found sitting with criminals.

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