Nagpur : The Congress has gained some strength and consolidated its base in new areas during the recent local bodies elections which will brighten its prospects in Maharashtra, Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre said here, reports PTI. 

With jubilation written large on his face, Thakre said the Congress came out with flying colours in Sangli where alliance partner NCP had been ruling for quite some time in the Municipal Corporation. Two NCP stalwarts, Home Minister R R Patil and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil were camping in the district but Congress won the polls.
On the separate Vidarbha issue, Thakre who hails from Yavatmal district in Vidarbha, chose to be silent.

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