NCP would ensure the BJP’s exit in Pune civic polls: Ajit Pawar

Challenging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior politician and Maharashtra former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s claim, Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said on Friday that Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will see the exit of saffron party in the upcoming civic body polls.

“I would snatch power from BJP in Pune Municipal Corporation,” Pawar told reporters.

“Every ruling party claim to retain power in the forthcoming polls, but I would ensure the BJP’s exit in Pune. Many rebels from various parties joined the BJP last year. Now some of them wish to join our party. We would accept workers from other parties on merit basis only and show them before you (media) at the right time,” he said.

In 2017 civic polls, the BJP had won 97, including two RPI(A) candidates on its symbol, of the total 162 seats while taking away power from NCP which had won 39 seats. The Shiv Sena got 10 seats, Congress won 9 seats, MNS managed to win two seats, AIMIM one seat and four independents were elected to the civic body.

On Thursday, Fadnavis had claimed that the BJP is performing better in Pune and would retain power in the coming municipal election.