After a complete rout in the Lok Sabha polls in Thane district, the Congress and ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have finally evolved a consensus on the contentious issue of bifurcation of Thane. The proposal is now expected to be brought before the state cabinet on Friday.
Congress and NCP leaders said the bifurcation move could be declared either on the final day of the state legislature on June 14 or sometime next week.
The proposal to bifurcate Thane into two districts — Thane and Palghar — has been caught in the cross hairs of Congress-NCP electoral maths for some time now.
During a meeting convened by Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh on Thursday, both parties decided to go ahead with the move. The Congress-controlled revenue department has already moved a formal proposal regarding the bifurcation, which has been pending with NCP leader Ajit Pawar-led finance department for some time now. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Pawar were present in Thursday’s meeting.