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Mumbai NCP chief Sachin Ahir joins Shiv Sena ahead of Maharashtra polls

He represented Shivdi Assembly seat in Mumbai from 1999 to 2009 and was later elected from Worli, after delimitation of constituencies

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Sachin Ahir
Mumbai NCP president Sachin Ahir (centre), joins Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray | Photo: Twitter@ANI

In a setback to the NCP, its Mumbai unit chief and former minister Sachin Ahir joined the in Mumbai on Thursday.

Hewas welcomed into the Sena by party president Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray.

Ahir, who was a minister in the previous Congress-NCP coalition government in the state, was associated with the Sharad Pawar-led party since its formation in 1999.

He represented Shivdi Assembly seat in Mumbai from 1999 to 2009 and was later elected from Worli, after delimitation of constituencies.

In 2014, he lost the Assembly election to Shiv Sena's Sunil Shinde.

Ahir told PTI he had no grudge against the NCP.

"But some unavoidable political decisions had to be taken considering the prevailing situation," he said.

Ahir said a couple of days back, he met Aaditya Thackeray at a social event where the latter told him that the needed leaders like him, who were "well-versed in urban politics".

"The is in power in most of the municipal corporations in the state. I can use my expertise gained as a minister for the development of cities. Hence, I took the decision to work for the development of cities by being in power," he said.

Ahir said a decision on whether he will contest the forthcoming state Assembly poll from Worli will be taken soon.

The state polls are due in September-October.

First Published: Thu, July 25 2019. 11:55 IST
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