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Maharashtra Congress moots ‘grand alliance’ for 2019 polls

Mumbai, June 9: Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan on Saturday mooted a “Maha Aghadi” (grand alliance) of all like-minded parties to challenge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 parliamentary and state assembly elections. After a meeting of senior party leaders to review the political situation, and the feedback of district, division and state leaders, the party was now ready to go for a “grand alliance” in the state, he said. “We want to ensure that by having such an alliance, the anti-BJP votes are not divided. We shall apprise Congress President Rahul Gandhi of this decision when we discuss the matter with him here next week,” Chavan said. He pointed out that in the recent Palghar Lok Sabha bypolls, in the five-cornered contest, the BJP got the advantage and won the seat due to the division of secular votes. Chavan said it would be now up to the other parties in the state, like the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Republican Party of India factions and the Communist Party of India (M), besides the Nationalist Congress Party to respond positively in the matter. (IANS)

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