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Gujarat Assembly Election 2012: NCP candidates list


Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) releases 9 candidates for Gujarat Poll 2012.

Visnagar: Navin Patel

Akota: Nilesh Patel

Vav: Chandubhai Thakkar

Shahera: Raghubhai Bharwad

Umreth: Jayant Patel alias Bosky

Gondal: Chandu Vaghasiya

Devagh Baria: Pankaj Chauhan

Kutiyana: Kandhal Jadeja

Limbayat: Rajdeep alias Jamir Pathan


NCP not to ally with Cong in HP Assembly polls

Vadodara: The NCP will put up its own candidates and not ally with the Congress in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections due to be held next month, Union Minister Praful Patel has said.

“Our party will contest this election (in Himachal Pradesh) on its own strength and will not ally with Congress,” Patel said last evening, at the end of the NCP’s fifth national convention.

The outgoing ruling BJP has a strength of 42 in the 68 member House in Himachal Pradesh.

Both BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat are poll-bound later this year. However, the NCP has decided to ally with Congress party for Assembly elections in Gujarat saying it wants to check division of votes and prevent Modi-led BJP from making a hat-trick.

“I have requested our party president Sharad Pawar to ensure getting more seats for NCP candidates before finalising alliance with Congress on seat sharing arrangements and see that the party is treated respectfully,” Patel said.

There are a total 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly. Under the 2007 seat-sharing arrangement, NCP was allotted eight seats and three of its candidates were elected. This time we want an increase in the number of allotted seats as the party has strengthened its position in 22 out of the 26 district Panchayats, Patel said.

Meanwhile, former state Congress unit president Siddharth Patel welcomed the NCP’s decision to have a poll alliance with the Congress in Gujarat.

“Alliance becomes possible only by treating the partners respectfully and Congress will have no problem in sorting out the issue with NCP,” he added.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/himachal-pradesh/ncp-not-to-ally-with-cong-in-hp-assembly-polls_805045.html

President poll: PA Sangma seeks BJP’s support, meets LK Advani

New Delhi: The race for the next President of India is in its last lap. Former Lok Sabha speaker and NCP leader PA Sangma met senior BJP Leader LK Advani in Delhi on Friday, seeking the party’s support for his candidature before he files his nomination next week.

Sangma is hoping to become the first tribal leader to hold the nation’s top office. He has been approaching political parties to back his nomination. Sangma currently enjoys the support of the AIADMK and the BJD.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK have come out strongly in support of Sangma. The NCP leader has projected himself as a tribal, Christian candidate from the North East to garner support.

Sangma has also sought appointments with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to press for a tribal candidate for the post of the President. Last month Congress President Sonia Gandhi dealt a massive blow to Sangma as she refused to give him an appointment.

Till now only the BJD and the AIADMK have come out in his support and even though these two parties are in power in Odisha and Tamil Nadu respectively, their support would mean nothing if the UPA and the NDA refused to back him.

While the BJP top brass discussed Sangma’s candidature for the President’s post at a meeting last month, the party will take the final decision only after consultations with the other NDA partners.

The race for the President is fast heating up with new twists even as Pratibha Patil’s as the President ends in July this year.



Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/president-poll-pa-sangma-seeks-bjps-support/264943-37-64.html

President poll: Sonia Gandhi snubs PA Sangma, refuses to meet him

New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha and Nationalist Congress Party leader PA Sangma’s dream of becoming the next President of India suffered a major blow on Tuesday as Congress President Sonia Gandhi snubbed him. Sonia denied Sangma an appointment amidst reports that the Congress and his own party, the NCP, won’t back his candidature for the President’s post.
Sources say the Sonia snub is a clear indication that she has not forgiven Sangma for raking up her foreign origin issue. Sangma had sought an appointment to meet Sonia at her 10 Janpath residence, but the request was denied.
Sangma had been earlier pulled up by NCP chief Sharad Pawar for declaring that he was eyeing the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Pawar has said that his party would abide by UPA’s “collective decision”.

The NCP also pointed out that the party lacks the numbers to field its own Presidential candidate and will wait for the Congress to declare its own candidate first.
“NCP doesn’t have strength to field our own candidate. We will wait for the Congress to declare its nominee first,” said NCP leader Tariq Anwar.
Earlier, Sangma met Biju Janata Dal Dal supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday morning. The two leaders discussed Sangma’s prospects with Patnaik saying that the NCP leader was the best possible candidate for the top job from the tribal community. Sangma also appealed to the UPA and other parties to endorse his candidature.
“We have sent appeals to all political parties. The Chief Minister of Odisha was among the first to respond along with (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister) Jayalaithaa. We hope that other political parties will respond to the call of tribal people,” said Sangma.
Sangma has met several leaders including Jayalalithaa and Communist Party of India leader D Raja seeking their support in the July elections to the top post. Raja said Sangma met him and handed over a letter signed by tribal MPs who are canvassing for a tribal leader to be elected as President.

Source : http://ibnlive.in.com/news/president-poll-sonia-refuses-to-meet-sangma/260298-37-64.html

I am in the race for President: PA Sangma

BJD Chief Naveen Patnaik will meet NCP leader and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma at his residence on Tuesday to discuss Sangma’s prospects as a presidential candidate. Speaking to Prabhu Chawla on IBN 7, Sangma dismissed reports of dropping out of the race and said he was still in the running for the country’s highest office.

Following is an excerpt from the interview:

Prabhu Chawla: Are you in the race for the next President?
PA Sangma: Earlier I wasn’t, but now I am.

Prabhu Chawla: Who suggested your name?
PA Sangma: Naveen Patnaik and Jayalalithaa.

Prabhu Chawla: They must have asked you?
PA Sangma: Yes they did. I said if there is a consensus on me, I don’t mind.

Prabhu Chawla: So, you are also in the list of the candidates now?
PA Sangma: Yes.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/i-am-in-the-race-for-the-president-pa-sangma/260103-37-64.html

Sangma as Prez: Will Amma’s wish come true?

New Delhi: Although J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik have expressed support for PA Sangma as the next President of the country, the former Lok Sabha Speaker is not likely to be endorsed by other political players in the presidential race.

Reports, Friday, claimed that both BJP and NCP led by Sharad Pawar are not impressed with AIADMK and BJD’s decision to support PA Sangma for President.

While NCP had virtually disowned attempts by its leader Sangma to enter the Presidential race, BJP is also not like to rally behind the former Lok Sabha Speaker.

“I am not aware of any such development. Sangma has not spoken to us. We have had no discussions. We feel that with such a limited strength, we cannot aspire for such a major post,” party chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar told reporters last night.

Sangma, who reportedly met NCP chief this morning, said the NCP leader told him that the party is part of UPA and his stand on the issue will be consistent with it.

At the same time, Pawar today said NCP party leaders would discuss all suggestions given by Sangma.

On his part, Sangma explained to him that he was part of a forum which was pushing for a tribal leader to become the next President.

Pawar’s party is a key ally of the Congress-led UPA at the Centre since May 2004 and the two parties are also sharing power in Maharashtra since 2009. He had sometimes back met Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who has been holding consultations with UPA constituents and allies over the Presidential election.

Meanwhile reacting to the development, the main opposition BJP said that it will take a call on the candidature for the top post and is unlikely to support Sangma.

Sangma had earlier met the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley. However, the main opposition party is yet to clear its stand on the issue.

The reaction from NCP and BJP comes a day after Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik added a new twist to the presidential race by supporting the candidature of the 65-year-old tribal leader from the north eastern state of Meghalaya for the post of President of India.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/sangma-as-prez-will-amma-s-wish-come-true_776073.html

MCD Poll : NCP, RLD councillors pledge support for BJP

New Delhi: Two councillors belonging to UPA allies NCP and RLD along with seven independents on Thursday pledged “unconditional” support to BJP in South Delhi Corporation where the saffron party has secured majority.

If the party’s claims are to believed, BJP has crossed the majority mark of 53 in a house of 104 wards but a statement from the party said it was inching towards the majority. BJP had won 44 wards and needed nine seats.

“Shortly, BJP will issue second list of independent councillors extending unconditional support to BJP,” the statement said.

One of the six NCP councillors Pushpa Singh (Mehrauli), wife of former Delhi Mayor and Congress leader Satbir Singh, extended her support to BJP while RLD’s Anita Tyagi (Chhattarpur) also broke ranks from her party. Sharad Pawar-led NCP and Ajit Singh-led RLD are allies of Congress-led UPA.

Pushpa Singh and her husband yesterday met Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta though the former termed it as a visit just to congratulate him for the victory.

INLD’s Seema Pandit, one of the three party councillors, have also extended support. Pandit’s husband Vijay had rebelled against BJP for not giving ticket to his wife from the ward where he had won.

The councillors are leaving their parent parties as anti-defection laws are not applicable to civic bodies and they will not be disqualified.

 The independent councillors extending “unconditional” support to BJP are Naresh Balyan, Mahender Yadav, Poonam Bhardwaj, Krishan Sehrawat and Anita Tyagi.

Delhi BJP leaders VK Malhotra and Subhash Arya had contacted independents seeking their support.



Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/delhi/delhi-ncp-rld-councillors-pledge-support-for-bjp_770753.html

Goa polls: Congress releases first list of candidates

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and all Congress members in his cabinet figure in the party’s first list of 22 candidates for the March 3 Assembly polls announced in Panaji on Saturday.

The list contains two new faces but the party has sprung a surprise by denying ticket to Victoria Fernandes, the Congress’ lone woman MLA.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash Shirodkar said the second and final list of names of 11 nominees would be announced on Sunday.

The party, heading a coalition government in the coastal state, is contesting in 33 out of the total 40 seats.

He said Congress has almost finalised its pre-poll alliance with NCP which will be fighting on seven seats.

Assembly Speaker Pratapsinh Rane and Shirodkar figure in the list. Goa has nine Congress Ministers, including the Chief Minister.

Two former BJP legislators Dayanand Sopte and Rajesh Patnekar – who have joined Congress, have been given ticket from their respective constituencies.

Fernandes, a veteran Congress member, is the MLA from St Cruz, a constituency from where controversial Minister Atanasio Monserratte has been fielded this time.

The candidate for Taleigao segment, now represented by Monserratte, has not been announced. Party sources said Monserratte’s wife, Jeniffer, would be given ticket there.

Goa Congress campaign manager Mauvin Godinho said the party after considering various factors, including winnability, decided to refuse ticket to Fernandes. She may be suitably accommodated if the party returns to power, he said.

The party has fielded city Mayor Yatin Parekh from Panaji where he will cross swords with BJP veteran and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.