NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday has asked the party cadre to gear up preparations for the BMC elections independently without waiting for any alliance. Pawar was speaking at the meeting of office bearers from Mumbai. He argued that if NCP and Shiv Sena contest the BMC elections together both will gain significantly. ‘’Do not wait for NCP to stitch up an alliance with any party but start work with an eye on BMC elections,’’ he noted.
Pawar and state unit chief Jayant Patil said NCP workers should step up outreach with voters in a bid to increase the party's presence. Pawar’s call is important especially after the split in Shiv Sena and uncertainty about the Maha Vikas Aghadi fighting upcoming BMC elections together. Pawar today announced that he would personally review the ward wise party’s work after every 20 days.
‘’We have been trying for many years to expand our party in Mumbai. Party workers are working to spread its wings in Mumbai which is very important in state politics. You need to be more cautious about fielding party candidates in each ward. For this, we need to constantly communicate with people. For this, everyone should make effective use of social media.,’’ said Patil.
Further, former mayor and NCP veteran Chhagan Bhujbal suggested that the party workers should pay attention on various issues such as water, meters, sewage in Mumbai city and vigorously follow to solve them. He exhorted party workers to work hard to increase the number of NCP corporators in the next elections as that would be ‘’Gurudakshnia’’ to Pawar.