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AAP will not affect Cong’s prospects in Lok Sabha polls: Thakre

Manikrao Thakre

Aam Aadmi Party will not affect Congress’ prospects in Maharashtra and exuded confidence that his party would get more seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections
Manikrao ThakreYavatmal(Mah): MPCC president Manikrao Thakre has said the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party will not affect Congress’ prospects in Maharashtra and exuded confidence that his party would get more seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections than in 2009.

“The Aam Aadmi Party will not affect the election result of Congress in Maharashtra in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and on the contrary, my party would get more seats than what we got in 2009 general elections,” Thakre told reporters here.

However, Manikrao appeared to be diluted on his earlier claim of 29 seats to be given to Congress out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

When asked about his earlier equation of 29:19 seats when finally a pre-poll alliance is set between Congress and NCP, Manikrao said, “It is the jurisdiction of the high command and a committee under the chairmanship of Defence Minister A K Antony would decide if there would be any pre-poll alliance with any party across the country.”

The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) would send a list of probable candidates for all the 48 Lok Sabha seats by this month end for which the state Parliamentary Board meeting has been called on January 21 to finalise the list, he said.

The list would then be sent to the central scrutiny committee headed by Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who would declare the first list of candidates by February last week, he said.

Regarding Adarsh scam, Thakre, while giving a clean chit to former state Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, said he was not guilty of any alleged wrongdoings in connection with the issue.

He also endorsed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s pitch for reconsideration of the state government’s decision rejecting a judicial panel’s report on Adarsh scam and said, “If the state government is wrong, it is the duty of the high command to correct it.”

Highlighting his party’s achievements in the recently held Municipal Council elections at various places in the state, he said his party is well placed and it would perform better in the forthcoming general elections too.

The training camps for block level officers would be conducted in all 553 blocks of the state in February, followed by health camps to ensure that the benefits of the recently introduced ‘Rajiv Gandhi Jeevan Dayi Yojana’ reach the people, he said, adding that the Centre and the state government have been implementing many such schemes for the poor people.

To a query on his view regarding to demand of reservation to Marathas, Manikrao said he was not against it provided it does not affect the reservation already enjoyed by the OBCs.

Manikrao further said that Aanganwadi workers’ problems (who have been demanding pay hike and pension) is a burning issue and the MPCC has taken up the issue with the government and it would be resolved soon.

“We have even suggested the government for a hike in their salary and a proposal for including them in the pension scheme,” he said while assuring that the government would take a lenient view towards the Aanganwadi workers in the near future.


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