Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday expelled 18 corporators of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation(AMC) for going against the party line in recently civic polls. The action was taken against the corporators who voted for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently held mayoral elections last month.
The Party has also suspended Ahmednagar district president for not having any idea about the defection, reported news agency ANI. According to sources, NCP had served a seven-day notice to these corporators. Earlier, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar did not invite legislator Sangram Jagtap for the meeting to decide on the presumable candidate for Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat.
The elections were held in Ahmednagar on December 9 and the results were declared on December 11.
The Shiv Sena had bagged 24 out of the total 68 seats and emerged as the single-largest party. However, the NCP and BJP had won 18 and 14 seats respectively. But all the three parties had its candidates declared for the mayor’s post.
Maharashtra: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) expels 18 corporators of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation who voted for BJP's candidate during mayoral elections last month. The party has also suspended Ahmednagar district president for not having any idea about the defection.
— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2019
NCP move comes amid talks about party entering into a pre-poll alliance with the Indian National Congress for the Lok Sabha 2019 Polls. Reportedly both – Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar met in New Delhi to discuss the seat-sharing arrangement in Maharashtra for the upcoming general elections. Senior Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP Praful Patel were also present in the meeting.