The NCP has claimed that all 28 councilors of the Congress in Malegaon town of Maharashtra’s Nashik district, including the mayor, joined the party on Thursday. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said 28 Congress councilors, including Malegaon mayor, joined the Sharad Pawar-led outfit in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and state NCP president Jayant Patil in Mumbai.
The Congress, however, said that of the 28 party members in the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC), 27 have joined the NCP. Both the NCP and the Congress are allies in the Shiv Sena-led MVA government in the state.
The NCP already has 20 councilors in the 84-member body. The MMC has 13 members from Shiv Sena, 9 from BJP, 7 from AIMIM, 6 from JD(S) and one independent. Both Patil and Pawar said the NCP would have an MLA in the next assembly elections in Malegaon and the party would work for it. development of the city.
A state Congress functionary said the party councilors switched sides on the ground that the civic body was not getting funds for development projects in Malegaon. The allocation of the development fund is done by NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who is also the finance minister, he said.
When asked about the development, Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole said, “Even though Congress and NCP are allies in the MVA, it is politics. Some NCP councilors are joining us. I will not give much details now.” He added that if there was a lack of engineering in the ranks of the NCP Congress, “we will also decide what to do in future”. “Those who resign on their own don’t need to report their grievances to the party leadership,” Patole said.