Nana Patole’s return as the president of state Congress may spark war of words between Congress and NCP in coming days as the newly-appointed state Congress chief Patole on Tuesday said that he has been tasked with making the party number one in Maharashtra.
Patole’s remark comes after he met the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. The new state Congress president said he will aim to achieve the same by 2024.
“After becoming Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee’s president, I came to meet and seek the blessings of Sonia ji and Rahul ji. I have been given the responsibility to help the party emerge as No 1 in Maharashtra; I’m confident that we’ll achieve the target by 2024,” he said.
Patole had yesterday said that the ruling alliance partners in Maharashtra will stay together and contest all elections in the state together. However, the NCP leaders are roaming across the state, particularly in Vidarbha to ensure that it should emerge as number one party in the state.
The NCP is already number one as per the strength in Assembly is concerned among its coalition partners—Congress and Shiv Sena. Moreover, the NCP emerged as number two after the BJP in gram panchayat elections, held recently and the Congress pushed back to fourth position. The government in Maharashtra is run by the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi alliance, which comprises the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.
The Sena already expressed its reservation over the appointment of Patole for the post. The Sena and NCP have also shown concerns for a fresh election for Speaker’s post ahead of the crucial Budget Session of the state. It would certainly be an acid test for Patole to keep the alliance remains intact in coming days!