Pune, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state leaders and ministers have decided to hold a meeting this week to review the Lok Sabha election results and to start planning for the state Assembly polls.

Party sources said NCP president Sharad Pawar wants to evaluate the results in LS constituencies where the party lost badly and has convened a meeting here today.

This is the first official meeting of the party after its rout in the polls. Mr Pawar will also set guidelines for preparations ahead of the state Assembly elections.

The party has to start preparing early as the oppostion is on a high after the LS election results, an NCP leader said.

The NCP managed to win just four LS seats in Maharashtra, while its ally Congress won two.

According to NCP sources, Mr Pawar and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan held a closed door meeting on Tuesday to discuss the further course of action.

He, also, said to have assured Mr Chavan that the NCP would continue its alliance with the Congress and would not take advantage of its weakened position.

A section of the NCP has been consistantly demanding that the party snap ties with the Congress and try to build its own base in the state. Mr Pawar however, ignored the demand and has publicly stated that the Congress-NCP will face the Assembly elections together.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)