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‘Halla Bol’: NCP to launch second phase in BJP-Sena constituencies

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Mumbai  : The second phase of ‘Halla Bol’ march of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will focus on 14 assembly constituencies out of 26, in Marathwada region. These 14 assembly constituencies are represented by the ruling alliance of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Shiv Sena. The protest march will hold between January 16 to 24 and after a break of a week, it will conclude with the public rally in presence of Sharad Pawar, party chief at Aurangabad on February 3.

After an overwhelming response in the first phase of Vidarbha, where the party has minimal identity, NCP wants step up pressure against the government. The second phase Halla Bol protest march across the state. The Marathwada region will be completed by the end of this month. “Before the budget session that will begin from February 26, the party will cover North Maharashtra and remaining part of Vidarbha,” said Dhananjay Munde, leader of opposition in legislative council.


The ‘Halla Bol’ morcha will cover 26 assembly constituencies in eight districts of Marathwada region including Osmanabad, Beed, Latur, Nanded, Hingoli, Parbhani, Jalna and Aurangabad. Munde said, “Though we have not much existence in Vidarbha, we received unexpected response from the farmers and the people. This shows how people are disappointed with the ruling BJP-Sena government.”

“As a strategy to highlight the corruption and bad governance, by the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena, we have decided to expose them in their own constituencies. We will organise protests in all six divisions including Marathwada, North Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Western Maharashtra and Konkan,” said Munde.

He added, the protest against the government will continue until the next assembly polls. “We want to create an environment which will lead to anti-incumbency in the state. This government has no right to continue in power,” said Munde.

He further said, “Even after 14 innocent died in the Kamala mill blaze, this government is shielding the accused and the civic chief. The government has failed to tackle the violence at Bhima-Koregaon and later the bandh. They are creating communal tension between two castes. They are dividing a wedge between different communities and this will surely go against the government.”

The march will go through 14 constituencies including Umaraga, Ashti, Gewrai, Majalgaon, Ambejogai, Udgir, Loha, Parali, Hingoli, Vasmat, Parbhani, Partur, Badnapur and Bhokardan which had won by BJP or the Sena in 2014 assembly poll. Pathari and Ahmedpur represents by independent legislator. Out of 26, NCP represents 7, Congress 2, BJP 10, Shiv Sena 4 and 2 by independent members.

“We have target to defeat BJP and Sena in 2019 poll and hence, you can say, Halla Bol march are nothing but the election preparation,” said Munde.

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