Cong to contest from all seats in Maharashtra assembly polls

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The elections to the 288-member Maharashtra assembly are due in October….reports Asian Lite News

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Saturday said the party will prepare to contest from all seats in the upcoming state assembly elections but will fight as per the seat sharing agreement with its alliance partners.

Talking to reporters at his Nagpur residence, Patole said it won’t be wrong if the party prepares to contest the elections from all seats as it should have its organisational structure and work everywhere.

The elections to the 288-member Maharashtra assembly are due in October.

“A party should have its organisational structure and work at every place. An alliance will be formed as per the seat sharing on the merits. Preparing for all seats is not wrong, and even our alliance partners are preparing the same way. We will contest the elections as Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA),” the Congress leader said.

The MVA comprises the Shiv Sena (UBT), NCP (SP) and Congress, which bagged 30 out of 48 seats in the recently held Look Sabha elections.

Patole further said RJD president Lalu Prasad’s prediction that the Narendra Modi government could fall next month could come true as it is on the back foot, and one can’t be sure how long the allies will stay with the NDA.

“Anything can happen. We can see how the government has come on the back foot after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s speech in the Lok Sabha. We cannot say how long the NDA allies will be with them,” he said.

LoP questions CM’s cash reward for Indian cricket team

Maharashtra Assembly Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar on Saturday raised objections over the announcement of a substantial cash reward to the Indian cricket team by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and said that the prize money should have been better given to distressed farmers.

“In the last four months, 1,068 farmers have committed suicide. It would have been good had they given money to the distressed farmers. They gave such a huge sum to the Indian Cricket Team, what was the need?. Team India played for the country and not themselves, this is why the streets were flooded to welcome them,” Wadettiwar said.

Wadettiwar further said that Maharashtra is already under a debt of Rs 7.92 lakh crore and the future of youth and claimed that the law and order of the state have gone out of control.

“The future of youth is in danger, the farmers are in distress, and they are giving away huge sums of money. Maharashtra is already under a debt of Rs 7.92 lakh crore, and they are going to spend another Rs 1 lakh crore for the Ladli Bahan Yojana. The law and order of the state have gone out of control. The youth have been put at risk because of drugs. They are busy bringing in money and forming governments,” added Wadettiwar.

CM Shinde had announced a substantial cash reward of Rs 11 crore for the victorious Indian cricket team, which recently clinched the T20 World Cup title.

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