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Cong, NCP leaders to criss-cross Maha ahead of LS polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Aiming to halt the ruling BJP's juggernaut in the 2019 general polls, the opposition and would undertake separate mass contact programmes in from Thursday to highlight "failures" of the central and state governments.

leaders have planned to visit parts of Konkan region, including Raigad, Thane and Palghar districts, besides Navi Mumbai, under the 'Parivartan Yatra' programme till January 14.

The tour would begin with party leaders visiting the Fort followed by two rallies at Mahad (district) and Guhagar (Ratnagiri) on Thursday.

will attend both the rallies along with other senior leaders like Ajit Pawar, party's Jayant Patil, Sunil Tatkare and others.

Former minister will lead Congress' 'Jan Sangharsh Yatra' to cover parts of Vidarbha, including Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, and

This would be the party's fifth leg of its tour in the state.

Senior leaders Prithviraj Chavan, of the Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe- Patil and others will also be a part of the yatra, the party said in a statement.

"People are fed up of these governments. They are now seeking a parivartan (change) in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and Assembly polls in Maharashtra," NCP's national spokesperson said.

Another NCP said the party's tour will highlight "failures" of the central and state governments.

Both the and NCP had suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Narendra Modi-led resurgent BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, winning only two and four parliamentary seats respectively.

The Congress had won Nanded and Hingoli seats, represented by and respectively.

The NCP had emerged victorious in Baramati (represented by Supriya Sule), Kolhapur (Dhananjay Mahadik), Madha (Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil) and Satara (Udayanraje Bhosale).

Madhukar Kukde became NCP's fifth parliamentarian after winning the Bhandara-bypoll in May last year.

The Congress and NCP are currently holding talks with other anti-BJP parties to share 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.

According to sources, both the opposition parties reached a consensus on sharing 20 seats each, but a decision was yet to taken on the remaining eight constituencies.

"Both the parties want to accommodate like-minded parties. Congress and will give a final shape to seat-sharing later this month," an NCP said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:36 IST