The NCP has so far declared only 97 names, but sources in the party said that the party had nominated 124 candidates in all. Both the Congress and the NCP list included nominations of some smaller allies who have agreed to contest on the symbol of the two parties.
The Congress has been jolted by its poor performance in the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, when it won only one seat in the entire state. In the other seats it contested, the party candidates came a distant second.
Congress state president Balasaheb Thorat said that the BJP-led government at the Centre and in the state should forthwith waive farm loans in these areas taking into account the “unprecedented” loss caused to agriculture.
During the Lok Sabha election, the NCP, the alliance partner of Congress, was in favour of also bringing the MNS on board. However, the Congress reportedly rejected the idea, citing their “ideological differences” with the MNS.
While naming former state revenue minister Vijay (Balasaheb) Thorat as the Congress president on Saturday evening, Congress also appointed five working presidents to overcome infighting within the party unit.
In 2014, Congress had received 88.30 lakh votes collectively in 48 seats of Maharashtra. In 2019 elections, the voter count has come down to 88 lakh. This means, it not only failed to add new voters but even those who were with the party in 2014, turned their backs on it.
Chavan also asked Fadnavis to apologise to the people of the state over his remark. Fadnavis had on Sunday said none of the opposition leaders, who have come together against the BJP, has a national stature.