Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday appealed to voters to defeat communal forces in the upcoming civic elections. Chavan was speaking at a rally,which marked the beginning of the official campaigning of the Congress-NCP-RPI (Gavai) alliance,held at government colony grounds in Bandra.
In the past,the Shiv Sena ruled over the municipal corporation because the secular vote was divided. Chavan noted that there has been a disconnect in development of the city on account of the fact that the party ruling the BMC is different from the government at the Centre and state.
Addressing the same rally,Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar said the present Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance looks at Mumbai merely as a hen which lays golden eggs. He said there is a need to address the development concerns of the city. In Delhi,everyone asks me the question,why the industrial and financial capital of India is seeing such stagnation. There was a time when this city was leading output and production in all sectors,be it textiles,pharmaceuticals or others. This is not the case now.
Pawar also took a dig at the incident in which BJP leaders in Karnataka were caught watching porn clips while the Assembly was in session. RPI (Gavai) leader Joginder Kawade also spoke at the rally and congratulated the Congress-led Union Government for accepting the proposal to build an international level memorial to Dalit leader Babasaheb Ambedkar on the Indu Mill land in Dadar.
CM to hold series of rallies
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,who addressed a joint rally with NCP president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Thursday,will hold a series of rallies in all ten municipal corporations going to polls on February 16. After covering Nashik,Ulhasnagar and Thane,he will also address a rally in Mulund,in the North-East Parliamentary constituency,on Friday. On Saturday,Chavan will address three rallies,one each in Akola,Amravati and Nagpur. Saturday has been reserved for campaigning across Mumbai with four rallies scheduled,one each in the South,North,North-West and South Central Parliamentary constituencies,said Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Sanjay Dutt.