2019 Lok Sabha Election Congress Plan To Defeat BJP and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra:
The Indian National Congress INC has started preparations for upcoming elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Maharashtra state schedule in the year 2019. The BJP and Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra have been in power since 1999. That is why Congress has started work to remove the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance before the elections. On Tuesday, Congress and NCP leaders have started an initial conversation about the synergy of seats for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections to be held in 2019. The Congress says that the purpose of this step is to create a ‘grand alliance’ of ‘secular’ parties to counter the BJP and Shiv Sena.
The Congress says that both parties were in Maharashtra in 1999 for 15 years, but they lost to BJP in the 2014 assembly elections. Before the election the two parties had split. State Congress president Ashok Chavan told reporters after the meeting that the leaders of both the parties met for the sake of discussing election preparations to counter the BJP and Shiv Sena and said that it was a good start.
The former Chief Minister said, ‘It was a good start. Both parties decided to unanimously form a coalition of secular parties. Our main battle is with the BJP and the Shiv Sena and we have to avoid the division of secular votes. ‘ Chavan said that the two sides will meet again this week. Apart from Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Chavan, former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former state unit chief Manikrao Thakre, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam etc. were present in the meeting.
NCP’s state president Jayant Patil, former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Mumbai NCP president Sachin Ahir and Chhagan Bhujbal etc. attended the meeting. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, NCP got four seats out of total 48 seats in Maharashtra, whereas Congress got only two seats.