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Apr 08, 2013 at 10:25pm IST

Maharashtra Congress asks partymen to gear up for 'early' LS polls

Mumbai: The Congress in Maharashtra on Monday asked its workers to gear up for Lok Sabha polls, amid speculations that the general elections will be held in November 2013.

Addressing a meeting of the party's Mumbai unit where he handed over the charge of party's affairs in the metropolis to Janardhan Chandurkar, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre said all party workers in Mumbai should start preparing for the Lok Sabha elections amid talks that they will be held in November in 2013.

"Our party has a strong base in Mumbai with five of the six MPs and 17 of the 36 Assembly seats. We suffered reverses in Mumbai civic polls last year as we made few mistakes. But local issues are different. We are a strong and cultured party," Thakre said.

Maharashtra Cong asks partymen to gear up for 'early' LS polls

The Maharashtra Congress chief said Rahul Gandhi will lead the party and the country in future.

"Rahul Gandhi will lead the party and the country in future. We have to work unitedly to achieve our goal of serving the country," he said.

He described Chandurkar as a grass root leader and called upon the workers to strengthen his hands. Chandurkar said his appointment as the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) president was an honour for Dalits and backward class communities.

He said, Mumbai, which is described as the 'Maximum City' has maximum problems like housing, transportation, slums and old and dilapidated buildings.

"The state government has always tried to solve these issues and it is the job of the party to ensure that the decisions reach the common man," he said.

Chandurkar demanded that the government should regularize slums till the year 2000, implement slum rehabilitation scheme on central government land and reduce the property tax hike announced by the Mumbai civic body.